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The unique hazards that healthcare professionals face at work

The healthcare profession is unique in many respects. Most often, individuals seek out professionals for advice, goods and other services when it suits them to do so. They approach professionals and businesses by choice and when it is convenient. By contrast, individuals often do not seek out medical professionals until their situation has become urgent and dire. Many medical personnel deal with gruesome and dangerous situations on a daily basis due to this unique reality.

In addition, medical personnel must often interact with dangerous equipment, fluids and substances on a regular basis. An object as harmless as a needle can become a mode of transferring deadly viruses in the hands of nurses and physicians. Patients and their loved ones can also be dangerous, in and of themselves. Their bodily fluids, germs and potential for violence regularly endanger professionals in the medical field.

Because of these multiple risk factors, many nurses, physicians and support personnel find themselves injured or ill as a result of work-related accidents and activities. From needle sticks to slips and falls, lacerations and radiation exposure, infections and lifting injuries, medical personnel often find themselves in need of medical care as a result of work-related hazards.

Sometimes, medical personnel benefit from seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Other times, these professionals must file personal injury claims in order to be compensated for the harm they have suffered as a result of employer negligence. In either event, these professionals often benefit from seeking the counsel of attorneys experienced in case work related to injuries sustained by medical personnel.

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