“Healthcare is the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 18 million workers. Women represent nearly 80% of the healthcare work force. Healthcare workers face a wide range of hazards on the job, including sharps injuries, harmful exposures to chemicals and hazardous drugs, back injuries, latex allergy, violence, and stress. Although it is possible to prevent or reduce healthcare worker exposure to these hazards, healthcare workers continue to experience injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Cases of nonfatal occupational injury and illness with healthcare workers are among the highest of any industry sector.” (December 2017)
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the United States federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Reference: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NIOSH).
Healthcare workers often experience musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) at a rate exceeding that of workers in construction, mining, and manufacturing. These injuries are due in large part to repeated manual patient handling activities, often involving heavy manual lifting associated with transferring, and repositioning patients and working in extremely awkward postures. NIOSH Posted on September 22, 2008 by Jennifer Bell, PhD
If you are a Nurse, CNA, janitor in a medical facility, food service worker in a healthcare facility, doctor, driver for a lab or other healthcare related company, or any worker in the healthcare industry, you are exposed to many types of injuries. These vary from the more common slip-and-fall or lifting injuries, to the uncommon needle stick, causing fear of Hepatitis or HIV. Regardless of the severity of your injury, you are entitled to benefits under the Colorado Workers Compensation Act, including medical benefits, lost wage benefits and payment for any permanent disability you have from the injury.
Nurses, CNAs, Hospital Workers and all healthcare workers who suffer work injuries related to their duties should speak to this workers’ compensation attorney who is experienced in handling healthcare industry claims.