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Working in hospitals is a risky business for Connecticut employees

Hospital workers in Connecticut face a range of hazards in the workplace, which may lead to them suffering serious occupational injuries.

From nurses, technicians and physicians, to administrative, maintenance and food services staff, there are numerous workers who keep hospitals in Connecticut running smoothly. Since they are working in health care facilities, many assume these are among the safest professions. However, this is not necessarily the case. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that 6.8 occupational injuries and illnesses sustained for every 100 full time hospital workers were recorded in 2011.

Common workplace hazards

The dangers that hospital workers face in the workplace are, in large part, due to the duties they perform and the environment they work in. In the hospital setting, people are regularly asked to work in close proximity with potentially hazardous substances, as well as patients and their families. Some of the most common causes of injuries among workers in this industry include the following:

  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Contact with objects or equipment
  • Violence
  • Exposure to infectious or contagious substances

As a result of these, and other workplace hazards, people may be seriously injured on the job. As such, they may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits, including coverage of their medical expenses and partial recompense for lost wages.

Common injuries among hospital workers

Due to the dangers they face in the workplace, hospital workers frequently suffer a range of work-related injuries and illnesses. This includes cuts, punctures and broken bones, among other ailments. Additionally, workers who come into contact with dangerous substances may contract respiratory conditions, infections or other serious diseases. Repetitive stress injuries, including tendonitis, are also common among hospital workers.

Overexertion injuries, such as sprains and strains, are among the most common injuries suffered by those who work in this industry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out that repositioning, manually lifting and moving patients pose the greatest risk for causing such injuries. This is because some patients may be overweight, or unable to assist or control themselves. Furthermore, some health care professionals may feel an obligation to put their patients' safety above their own wellbeing.

Working with an attorney

When hospital workers in Stratford, and throughout Connecticut, are injured on the job, they often require medical treatment and time off of work to recover. As such, they are commonly entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits. However, the process of obtaining these benefits is not always straightforward. Therefore, those who have suffered work-related injuries, or contracted occupational diseases, may benefit from obtaining legal representation. An attorney may help them to understand their rights, as well as guide them through the claims process, so they can focus on what really matters during their recoveries.