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

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My stars say it all! When I first injured myself, I did not know what to do. Thank you, Larry Pitt & Associates, for your help

Gloria Tucker

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Gloria Tucker

My stars say it all! When I first injured myself, I did not know what to do. Thank you, Larry Pitt & Associates, for your help

Great Lawyer

Larry is a great lawyer. Whenever I had a question or needed help, he always called back personally to answer any questions I had. I recommend Larry Pitt.

Crystal Taylor

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2019-06-10T14:07:49+00:00

Crystal Taylor

Larry is a great lawyer. Whenever I had a question or needed help, he always called back personally to answer any questions I had. I recommend Larry Pitt.

Great Work

Great people are doing great work. I would recommend them.

Sherrie Andrews

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2019-06-10T14:06:53+00:00

Sherrie Andrews

Great people are doing great work. I would recommend them.

Extremely Attentive

Larry Pitt was extremely attentive & reliable!

Daniel Middle

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2019-06-05T18:06:45+00:00

Daniel Middle

Larry Pitt was extremely attentive & reliable!

“Fantastic Experience”

We had a fantastic experience with Mr. Pitt. The staff was helpful & friendly every step of the way for his workman's comp case.

Anna Diaz

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2019-06-04T13:35:08+00:00

Anna Diaz

We had a fantastic experience with Mr. Pitt. The staff was helpful & friendly every step of the way for his workman's comp case.

“Constant Contact”

Larry Pitt & Associate's represented me to the fullest. He kept me aware of my case at all times and was in constant contact with me.

Caren Whites

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2019-05-30T13:40:43+00:00

Caren Whites

Larry Pitt & Associate's represented me to the fullest. He kept me aware of my case at all times and was in constant contact with me.

“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

Regina Lopez

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2019-05-23T17:14:50+00:00

Regina Lopez

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

“Excellent Communication”

Excellent communication and accommodating staff at all time

Salvatore M.

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2019-05-16T15:09:58+00:00

Salvatore M.

Excellent communication and accommodating staff at all time

“Contact this Firm”

I would recommend all who are fighting a claim to contact this firm.

Andrea Carpenter

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2019-05-15T16:29:34+00:00

Andrea Carpenter

I would recommend all who are fighting a claim to contact this firm.

“No Regrets”

These people really know what there doing, I felt comfortable from the moment I walked in till I left...I have no regrets what so ever...and I never right reviews...rs.

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2019-05-15T14:19:06+00:00

Ralphael Ramos

These people really know what there doing, I felt comfortable from the moment I walked in till I left...I have no regrets what so ever...and I never right reviews...rs.
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