Employees in the health care industry enjoy helping people. This is admirable, but far too many of these workers tend to ignore the illness and injury risks inherent to the industry. As such, hospital employees may be susceptible to a variety of workplace injuries.

Knowing about the risks in your workplace can help you avoid an injury. Making a conscious effort to practice safety improves your ability to remain injury-free. It is safe to assume that hospital employees here in the Covington, Louisiana, region receive safety training to reduce workplace injuries. However, a little reminder about the risks does no harm and may even do some good.

The most common injury causes for hospital workers include:

  • Overexertion when handling patients and equipment (bending, lifting and reaching, etc.)
  • Slipping, tripping and falling, often due to wet surfaces or cluttered spaces
  • Hazardous contact with items and objects
  • Suffering from violent encounters with patients or visitors
  • Exposure to hazardous workplace substances

Hospital employees who suffer workplace injuries can secure financial relief through a successful workers’ compensation claim. Unfortunately, the extremely hectic lifestyle most health care workers live can lead to errors when filing a claim. A variety of mistakes such as waiting too long to report the injury or file your claim can derail your efforts to find relief.

When you receive a denial notice instead of the financial resources you need, it is possible to appeal a workers’ compensation decision. Many injured health care workers have better success when filing or appealing by securing experienced legal counsel. A workers’ comp lawyer can help by ensuring your initial filing is error-free and presenting a good case on your behalf if your claim is denied.