Hurt While Working a Healthcare Job?
Workers' Compensation for Injured Healthcare Professionals
Nurses, medical assistants, and other skilled staff are the gears that keep our healthcare system moving. They are the first to arrive and the last to leave. They put in long hours caring for the sick and unwell and, because of this, often find themselves in need of medical care.
You may be eligible for financial compensation if you were injured or became ill while working as a:
- Medical Assistant
- Patient Driver
- Physical/Occupational Therapist or PT/OT Aide
- Nursing Home Aid
- Home Health Worker
- And More
You could be entitled to Pennsylvania's workers' compensation benefits for your lost wages, medical expenses, and more. The workers' compensation system is difficult to navigate and can be confusing when you're already dealing with an injury. At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we're able to help get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at 1-866-943-3427 or fill out our free online legal consultation form.
Common Healthcare Work Injuries
It's a fact: Healthcare workers are more likely to be injured than people employed in other industries. National statistics show that the rate of nonfatal workplace injury or illness in the healthcare field was nearly twice that of even the construction and oil-and-gas extraction industries.
Sadly, more than half a million healthcare workers are injured at work each year—an epidemic the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) vowed in 2015 to help end through enforcement and fines.
If you are a nurse, medical assistant, nursing home employee, or other type of healthcare worker and you've been injured on the job—you're not alone. If you're not sure where to turn, we can help you.
Over the last 30 years we've helped thousands of injured workers, many of whom were hurt at healthcare jobs. Healthcare workers often suffer:
- Musculoskeletal Injuries – Every year, more than 35,000 healthcare workers suffer significant back and other injuries from lifting patients—injuries serious enough to miss work. In fact, back injuries are three times more common among certain healthcare workers than those working in construction.
- Slip, Trip and Fall Injuries
- Illnesses From Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens – Healthcare workers who regularly deal with syringes and hazardous medical waste are at a high risk of contracting a serious illness, such as tuberculosis.
- Workplace Violence – OSHA warns that healthcare workers are at an increased risk of workplace violence. Over an 11-year period, serious workplace violence was four times more common in the healthcare industry than others, on average. In 2013, 80 percent of workplace assaults were perpetrated by patients.
We Can Help With Your PA Workers' Comp Claim
If you were hurt on the job, you might be wondering if you need an attorney. Consider these questions:
- Were you exposed to hazardous materials at work? Were you injured in a slip-and-fall accident, or while moving a patient? Were you injured in a workplace assault?
- Are you already receiving workers' compensation, but are in danger of losing benefits or receiving reduced payments?
- Are you being asked to return to work, but are still too injured to do so?
- Are you interested in taking a lump-sum settlement, but don't know what to do?
These are all good reasons to contact our workers' compensation attorneys today. You might qualify for several different types of benefits. The workers' compensation system is complicated, so it's important to have a legal professional on your side to get you the benefits you deserve.
At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we have a team dedicated exclusively to helping people hurt on the job. Put our experience to work for you—call us today for a free case review. There's never an obligation to use our services, and there's never a fee unless we get money for you.
Types of Workers' Compensation Benefits
Workers' compensation is a complex system that's covered in a sea of red tape. Not to mention that insurance companies can make applying for workers' comp even more difficult. In many cases, you may be able to receive multiple benefits through workers' compensation, such as:
Our experienced legal team can help you determine your best options. It's important to contact us right away, because your claim must be filed within 120 days of the accident.
Remember Our Motto – "There's Never a Fee Unless We Get Money for You."
The last thing you want is another bill. We don't want you to worry about paying for top-notch legal representation, so this is our promise to our clients: If we don't win your case, it'll cost you absolutely nothing.
Our experienced legal team will work to get you the benefits and compensation you need to help get your life back on track.
We'll cover all the upfront costs, providing any and all additional resources required to build your case. If you contact us, your lawyer will lay out all the details so there aren't any surprises.
If you've been denied workers' compensation, are worried you'll lose payments or have them reduced, or are being forced back to work too soon, then you should call our attorneys right away. Or, if you've been on workers' compensation for four months or longer, and want to get off comp and get on with your life, ask us about getting a lump sum of money.
We're here to protect your legal rights, and we're available to talk 24/7. Call now for a free case review.
Bureau of Labor and Statistics Healthcare Finance News, "OSHA Plans Healthcare Safety Crackdown" OSHA NPR, "Hospitals Fail to Protect Nursing Staff From Becoming Patients" Feb. 4, 2015