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Tips for healthcare workers to avoid on-the-job injuries

The healthcare field is one in which many professionals take risks each day. By the very nature of their occupation, many healthcare workers are exposed to all sorts of potential dangers that can lead to both temporary and life-long problems. Injuries on the job are more common than many healthcare workers realize.

Bloodborne pathogens

One of the biggest hazards that many health care workers face is contact with blood. Blood can harbor many potentially dangerous pathogens. Both viral and bacterial infections are easily transmitted by blood. It is imperative that the management of any healthcare facility make sure that all necessary precautions are taken to avoid any possible contamination. Should such efforts fail, it is possible for a healthcare worker to become infected, making them eligible to file a workers' compensation claim.

Exposure to needles

Nearly every medical professional will be around needles at some point during their workday. A single accidental needle prick can expose a health care worker to dangerous infections such as HIV and other diseases. Healthcare workers who are facing such dangers may be doing so because the facility they work has not done enough to prevent such problems. Officials at such facilities may have failed to make sure that all sharps were disposed of properly and stored properly. Policies must be carefully followed at all times to prevent unwanted injuries from occurring.

Transferring patients

Many health care workers need to lift patients. A nurse may need to help assist a patient from a bed to a wheelchair. A health care aide may need to lift patients from a stretcher to a medical test. Lifting patients improperly can cause all kinds of injuries. Medical facilities are required by law to provide a safe means of transferring patients.

What happens if you have suffered an on-the-job injury

If you work in the healthcare field and find yourself injured while working, you should reach out to an experienced workers' compensation attorney. Your lawyer can explain the Louisiana workers' comp process, and help you begin to file your claims for benefits. If any problems arise while your claim is going through the system, your lawyer will be able to fight for you to ensure that you receive the compensation you need to make ends meet while dealing with your injuries.

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