If you are one of many Alabamans who works in the health care field, you may have some idea about the types of job-related risks you face every time you clock in for work. At the Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., we have a comprehensive understanding of the specific hazards you face in your line of work, and we have considerable experience assisting health care workers who suffer injury or develop illness on the job.
Per Occupational Health & Safety, the very nature of your position as a health care worker means that you undergo regular exposure to workplace hazards. The injury and illness rate for those in your profession is the highest out of any sector, including the construction industry. This is true whether you work as a medical professional, such as a doctor or nurse, or if you work in health care-related housekeeping, equipment maintenance and so on.
So, what types of injuries and illnesses are you more likely to develop in your work environment? If you work around scalpels, needles and surgical equipment, you run the risk of suffering nicks, cuts and more serious injuries that can lead you to develop infectious diseases. If you regularly encounter patient body fluids, for example, you face an elevated risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and viral infections.
Musculoskeletal injuries are also common among those who work in health care settings, with 66,910 health care workers receiving diagnoses of occupational musculoskeletal disorder in 2013 alone. Because of the need for clean, sanitized working conditions in health care environments, you may also face elevated exposure to strong chemicals, and this is particularly true if such chemicals are not used, stored or handled properly. These are just a few of the unique hazards you face as a health care worker. More information about work-related illnesses and injuries is available on our web page.