Defending The Health Of Health Care Workers
The medical field exposes workers to a wide array of potential injuries and occupational diseases. According to the Center for Disease Control, health care workers experience more nonfatal injuries and illnesses than any other occupation. With more than 8.5 million people in New York City alone, the number of medical professionals and their potential exposure to risk in the workplace in New York are staggering.
Our firm has more than 100 years of combined experience obtaining justice for injured workers in New York. If you have suffered an injury or been diagnosed with an occupational illness because of your work as a medical professional, contact Savino & Smollar, P.C., to discuss your options for Workers’ Compensation.
Common Workplace Injuries Among Health Care Workers
Medical professionals take on great amounts of risk whenever they enter the workplace. Common injuries in health care workplaces include:
- Puncture wounds or lacerations from needles and surgical tools
- Back or lower body injuries from long periods of standing and walking
- Illness from exposure to drugs and harmful chemicals
- Injuries caused by violent patients
- Stress-related injuries and illnesses
Doctors, nurses, EMTs and other medical professionals risk these injuries and many others for the sake of improving the health of their patients.
What To Do If Injured At Work
If you are injured at work, it is important that you seek proper medical attention. If you downplay the severity or treatment of your injury, justifying your Workers’ Compensation claim down the line may be more difficult.
Notify your supervisor in writing as soon as you are able. In New York, you have up to 30 days after the injury occurred to notify your employer. After that deadline, you may lose your eligibility to file a claim.
File an employee with the New York Workers’ Compensation Board. Provide as much detail as possible about your injury and your employer.
You Are Dedicated To Improving Others’ Health. Let Us Protect Yours.
Paying out Workers’ Compensation claims can be expensive, and employers will try to find excuses not to pay. You deserve the same care and attention you give to others as a medical professional. At Savino & Smollar, P.C., we will work alongside you to achieve the best possible outcome for your workers’ compensation case.
We know the timing of injuries is not always convenient. Call us any time, day or night, at 212-732-8333 or email us to schedule a free consultation.