According to the most recent fact sheet published by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), hospitals are among the most dangerous places to work. In fact, the rate of injuries and illnesses that cause hospital workers to lose time from work exceeds even those experienced within the construction industry.
Naturally, hospital workers in Tuscaloosa and throughout the state rely on workers’ compensation coverage to help pay the short- and long-term expenses related to their workplace injuries and illnesses. However, challenges to their claims are not uncommon — and their medical complaints often pertain to third-party liability. It is important to know when to seek support from experienced Tuscaloosa workers’ compensation lawyers.
Virtually any type of hospital worker is at greater risk because of factors such as the following:
When hospital workers sustain injuries by slipping on wet floors or cut themselves with scalpels, little doubt generally exists that they have suffered workplace injuries. However, when they injure their backs when lifting patients, questions may arise as to whether the injury was caused by a pre-existing back condition. Similarly, is there any guarantee that hospital workers caught an illness from a patient, rather than from a family member? Issues like these can lead to unfair claim denials.
Just as important, hospital worker injuries and illnesses often result from third-party negligence. A finger trapped in defective equipment or burns sustained from improperly-labeled chemical solvents are just two examples of injuries that may justify injury lawsuits against parties outside of the workplace.
In both types of situations, it makes sense to seek advice from an experienced Alabama workers’ compensation lawyer who can identify whether additional legal action can help victims of workplace injuries to pursue all justified types of compensation.
Healthcare Safety and Health Topic from the United States Department of Labor
Birmingham Construction Injuries and Scaffolding Dangers, Birmingham Workers’ Compensation/Work Injury blog