Anyone familiar with the health care profession knows that nurses, physical therapists, attendants, orderlies and other caregivers are among the hardest-working people in the workforce. The work that they do in hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities is harder, and sometimes more dangerous, than most people realize.
There is great attention paid, and rightfully so, to injuries to patients, particularly those who are elderly. However, the people who care for others can also suffer injuries and contract diseases in the course of doing their jobs. Some can be permanently disabling. Others can even be fatal.
A number of injuries common to people in the health care field result from repetitive strain that takes its toll on the body over time. Many suffer back injuries from having to lift patients or, as with physical therapists, from using their hands and muscles to work with patients. Carpal tunnel syndrome is another common injury.
Other serious injuries can result from a single event. In hospitals and nursing homes, slip-and-fall injuries caused by substances on the floor are a frequent occurrence. Some health care workers are injured while trying to deal with frightened, emotionally unstable or violent patients. When working around blood and other bodily fluids, nurses they sometimes face contamination.
Of course, despite all of the precautions, health care workers can contract infections and diseases from patients. We’re all familiar with the story of the two nurses who contracted Ebola while treating a patient at a Texas hospital last year. However, there are many viral illnesses and bacterial infections that can prove dangerous, and even deadly, to those caring for patients suffering from them.
An injury can impact your ability to work for a period of time and perhaps even permanently. At Tillman & Associates Attorneys at Law, we work to help those who have devoted their lives to caring for others get the compensation they deserve so that they don’t have to suffer financial hardship along with their physical and emotional pain. For Georgia families who have lost a loved one to an injury or illness caused by their health care work, we strive to seek the compensation they need to move forward with their lives.
We provide free, confidential case evaluations, and we charge nothing until and unless we get compensation for our clients. Call us or contact us online to schedule a consultation about your case.
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