Healthcare workers are used to treating patients who suffer from illness or injury, but sometimes health care workers find themselves as the patient because of a work-related injury. In fact, health care workers are exposed to a number of risks making them highly susceptible to work-related injuries.
Among the most common health care worker injuries are:
- Acute injuries to hands, knees, hips, back, neck and shoulders resulting from slips and falls
- Back injuries from lifting patients from beds and wheelchairs
- Needle-stick injuries from giving shots and drawing blood
- Back and foot injuries from standing up during long shifts
- Bacterial and viral illnesses from exposure to patients with contagious diseases
- Carpal tunnel syndrome from overuse of hands
If you are a health care worker who was injured while on the job, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation laws require employers to provide workers’ compensation benefits to injured employees regardless of who was at fault for the injury.
Although injured health care workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, employers sometimes do not promptly provide the benefits or they may provide less than you are owed. An Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer like those at Ankin Law Office, LLC can help protect your legal rights and ensure that you receive full and fair compensation following your workplace injury. Moreover, we can also help you pursue any third party claims that you may have against a party other than your employer, such as the manufacturer of defective equipment.
If you are a health care worker who was injured on the job, contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers.