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Hospital workers remain at risk of serious injury

Many physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers work tirelessly to ensure that sick and injured patients receive the care that they need to survive, recover and ultimately thrive. And yet, many of these workers risk their own health and wellbeing simply by showing up for work. According to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 35,000 work-related injuries which ultimately result in missed work occur among nurses every year in the U.S. And this statistic does not even factor into consideration the injuries that physicians and support staff suffer.

Hospitals are meant to be safe places. Certainly, not every patient that checks into a hospital will eventually be released from care. Sometimes patients arrive in hospitals too sick or injured to be saved. Other times, unforeseen allergic reactions, unpreventable infections and other complications claim the lives of patients hoping to recover. However, patients should remain safe from preventable medical errors and hospital workers should remain safe from preventable work-related injuries.

Unfortunately, healthcare workers remain at risk for a host of unique and preventable injuries partially because hospitals simply are not doing enough to ensure that workers remain safe while on the job. Injuries from needle sticks, injuries related to lifting heavy patients and injuries sustained in unique emergency department and operating room scenarios are just some of those plaguing nurses and other hospital staff.

If you are a healthcare provider and are concerned about the lack of worker safety precautions being enacted and honored at your place of business, do not hesitate to speak with an attorney about your legal options.

Source: NPR, “Hospitals Fail To Protect Nursing Staff From Becoming Patients,” Daniel Zwerdling, Feb. 4, 2015

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