Fighting for Injured Health Care Workers

Health care workers are at risk of suffering a variety of work-related injuries due to the fast-paced and hazardous nature of their jobs. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the health care and social assistance industry has one of the highest rates of work-related injuries and illnesses.

The work injury lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. have been representing injured workers, including those in the health care industry, for over 35 years. We fight to obtain workers’ compensation benefits to cover the cost of your medical expenses and lost wages while you recover.

Common Health Care Worker Injuries

Doctors and nurses are not the only health care workers at risk. Others include maintenance, housekeeping, food service, building and grounds maintenance, patient drivers, nursing home aids, paramedics, and administrative staff. There are many serious health and safety hazards present for all health care workers. Some of the most common causes of injuries include:

Overexertion

Overexertion can lead to musculoskeletal disorders. According to OSHA, nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants have the highest rates of musculoskeletal disorders. The incident rate for them was more than seven times the average for workers across all occupations. The health care industry is often fast-paced and demanding, which can cause workers to overexert themselves if they do not take proper precautions.

Slip and Fall

OSHA reports that slip, trip, and falls are the most common workplace accidents. Slip and falls commonly occur in the health care industry due to slippery walking surfaces. Spilled liquids and recently cleaned or waxed floors can cause workers to fall. Damaged flooring and objects such as cords, hoses, and other medical equipment left in the walkway also pose hazards to health care workers.

Patient Handling

Moving patients from one position to another can result in sprains and strains. OSHA reports that these types of injuries are the most frequently reported among health care workers. Workers may also suffer back injuries, including slipped discs from improperly handling patients. It is important to train employees on proper lifting techniques to avoid these types of injuries.

Needlesticks/Sharp-Related Injuries

Sharp-related injuries include penetrating wounds from sharp objects such as needlesticks or scalpels. These injuries can result in serious, sometimes fatal, infections, including the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. In addition to bloodborne pathogens, health care workers may also be exposed to airborne pathogens that cause infections.

Violence

Health care workers are particularly vulnerable to workplace violence. The health care industry reports, on average, four times more instances of workplace violence than any other industry, according to OSHA. They may be verbally or physically assaulted at any time by patients, distraught family members, violent criminals, intruders, and co-workers.

Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania

It is important to notify your employer of your workplace injury immediately, so the workers’ compensation process can get underway. In Pennsylvania, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical expenses and lost wages due to the injury or illness, regardless of who was at fault for the accident.

It is also imperative to seek medical attention for your injuries immediately and inform the doctor that your accident occurred at work. Finally, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can explain all your legal options and help you obtain the benefits you deserve.

Philadelphia Work Injury Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Health Care Workers Obtain Workers’ Compensation

If you were injured or you contracted an illness at work, contact a skilled Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer. At Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C., we provide comprehensive counsel for injured workers throughout Pennsylvania, including Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County. To discuss your case, call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form.

Our team also provides skilled representation to those residing in and around Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, Clifton Heights, Crum Lynne, Darby, Downingtown, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Essington, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Havertown, Holmes, Kutztown, Lansdowne, Media, Merion Station, Morton, Narberth, Norristown, Norwood, Philadelphia, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Roxborough, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, West Chester, and Wynnewood.

Testimonials

“They Go Above and Beyond”

The staff of Larry Pitt & Associates cannot be more helpful when going through a tremendously tough time. They are there for you and have answers for you before you even ask. They go above and beyond and are always on top of their game. Their time, consideration and professionalism are more than anyone can ask for. Highly recommend them and their services they provide!

Terri Delaney

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Terri Delaney

The staff of Larry Pitt & Associates cannot be more helpful when going through a tremendously tough time. They are there for you and have answers for you before you even ask. They go above and beyond and are always on top of their game. Their time, consideration and professionalism are more than anyone can ask for. Highly recommend them and their services they provide!

“Best Worker’s Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania”

If you're in need of a Worker's Compensation lawyer, do not doubt that Larry Pitt and Associates is the Best Worker's Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania

Ryan Hoffman

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Ryan Hoffman

If you're in need of a Worker's Compensation lawyer, do not doubt that Larry Pitt and Associates is the Best Worker's Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania

A friend recommended Larry Pitt and associates to me after being hurt at work.

A friend recommended Larry Pitt and associates to me after being hurt at work. They were incredibly compassionate and handled my case professionally with an outstanding outcome.

D.R., client

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D.R., client

A friend recommended Larry Pitt and associates to me after being hurt at work. They were incredibly compassionate and handled my case professionally with an outstanding outcome.

“Thank you for being so professional..”

"Thank you for being so professional in the way you and your staff handles my case. I am a little late showing my appreciation, but thank you so much. If I ever need someone to represent me again, you would be the ones!"

Annette P. Walls

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Annette P. Walls

"Thank you for being so professional in the way you and your staff handles my case. I am a little late showing my appreciation, but thank you so much. If I ever need someone to represent me again, you would be the ones!"

“I want to thank you for your excellent representation”

"I want to thank you for your excellent representation of me and keeping your word. You asked me to hold on and things would be resolved in the Spring, and they were. Ariana’s graduation was beautiful and I was able to give her everything I wanted, including her class ring.

Also and not forgotten, Luba! She was so patient and attentive to me even when I was hysterical. Ha! Ha!"

Dierdre P.

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Dierdre P.

"I want to thank you for your excellent representation of me and keeping your word. You asked me to hold on and things would be resolved in the Spring, and they were. Ariana’s graduation was beautiful and I was able to give her everything I wanted, including her class ring. Also and not forgotten, Luba! She was so patient and attentive to me even when I was hysterical. Ha! Ha!"

“Thank you so much for hearing my cry for help!”

"Thank you so much for hearing my cry for help! You have always been there and I feel very comfortable with this Firm. It is wonderful people like you that makes me feel so Proud of Larry Pitt & Associates. Once again Thank You!"

John Rodriguez

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John Rodriguez

"Thank you so much for hearing my cry for help! You have always been there and I feel very comfortable with this Firm. It is wonderful people like you that makes me feel so Proud of Larry Pitt & Associates. Once again Thank You!"

“I want to thank you for representing me and for everything you guys have done for me.”

"I want to thank you for representing me and for everything you guys have done for me. I am extremely happy with the outcome-especially since my boss didn't show up at the final hearing. Thanks for your patience and understanding and most of all-compassion. I truly appreciate all your help."

Jennifer Kitz

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Jennifer Kitz

"I want to thank you for representing me and for everything you guys have done for me. I am extremely happy with the outcome-especially since my boss didn't show up at the final hearing. Thanks for your patience and understanding and most of all-compassion. I truly appreciate all your help."

“Life is much more than business. But, business is about relationships..”

"Peace & blessings to you, sir. With a lot of prayers for you and your family. Life is much more than business. But, business is about relationships. Mr. Pitt, I honor ours. Please sir, let’s keep in touch from time to time."

Salin Muhammed

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Salin Muhammed

"Peace & blessings to you, sir. With a lot of prayers for you and your family. Life is much more than business. But, business is about relationships. Mr. Pitt, I honor ours. Please sir, let’s keep in touch from time to time."

“I was very nervous going into this lawsuit but they made me feel very confident.”

I was very nervous going into this lawsuit but they made me feel very confident. I dealt with the lawyers and Phyllis - they were all great! My phone calls were returned in a timely manner, they were very professional, and they were also very realistic about my case. They settled my case and I am very pleased with the outcome. I would absolutely recommend Larry Pitt and Associates to others!

M.W., Client

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2018-11-16T15:35:54+00:00

M.W., Client

I was very nervous going into this lawsuit but they made me feel very confident. I dealt with the lawyers and Phyllis - they were all great! My phone calls were returned in a timely manner, they were very professional, and they were also very realistic about my case. They settled my case and I am very pleased with the outcome. I would absolutely recommend Larry Pitt and Associates to others!

“I worked with Murphy and was very satisfied with how my case was handled.”

I worked with Murphy and was very satisfied with how my case was handled. They were great! I had an auto accident and was very pleased with the service I received from Larry Pitt and Associates. They are very professional. I am very happy with my settlement and I would definitely recommend this firm to family and friends.

Anonymous, Client

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2018-11-16T15:35:09+00:00

Anonymous, Client

I worked with Murphy and was very satisfied with how my case was handled. They were great! I had an auto accident and was very pleased with the service I received from Larry Pitt and Associates. They are very professional. I am very happy with my settlement and I would definitely recommend this firm to family and friends.
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