Healthcare workers play a vital role in the well-being of our society, but the nature of their jobs places them at risk of various injuries and accidents. In fact, this sector has among the highest rate of injuries.
When it comes to seeking compensation for these job-related injuries, healthcare workers too often face barriers and challenges. This is why the Homestead, Hollywood, and Miami offices of Flaxman Law Group are dedicated to helping workers in this and other sectors, with guidance in navigating workers’ compensation claims. If you’ve been injured at work, contact Flaxman Law Group today for a no cost, no obligation consultation.
Common Workplace Injuries for Florida’s Healthcare Workers
Healthcare workers, from nurses to medical technicians, are exposed to many risks during their day-to-day duties, which can cause many types of injuries:
- Lifting and transferring patients can cause strains and musculoskeletal injuries, as can standing all day.
- Working around ill patients, dressings, and needles means healthcare professionals face exposure to infectious diseases.
- Workplace violence, including assault and battery, is unfortunately very common in the healthcare industry.
- Busy emergency rooms and healthcare settings can mean spills and debris on the floor, which can lead to slip and fall and trip and fall accidents.
What Healthcare Workers in Florida Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance required by law for most employees, including most healthcare workers. Employers are legally required to carry this coverage for all eligible workers. In the case of workplace illness or injury, workers’ compensation benefits can offer financial support and medical benefits to employees, so they can focus on healing.
If you work in healthcare and are injured on the job, you don’t get these benefits automatically. You’ll need to apply. Here’s how:
- Document and report the incident or injury. Promptly report the injury to your supervisor. Healthcare workers often have demanding schedules, but it’s essential to report incidents as soon as possible. Also note down as much as you can remember about the incident and take any photos you can of your injury and the surrounding area, if you can. This documentation serves as evidence of the injury’s connection to your job responsibilities.
- Get a medical evaluation. A medical evaluation not only ensures your health but also creates a clear record of your injuries and their impact on your ability to work.
- Start the claims process. Your employer should file a claim with their insurer. Keep copies of all forms and documentation related to your claim.
- Contact a workers’ compensation lawyer. Healthcare workers may face unique challenges when proving that their injuries are work-related. An experienced attorney can help gather evidence to establish the link between the job responsibilities and the injury. This might include medical records, witness statements, and expert opinions to strengthen your case. The extent of compensation can vary based on the severity of the injury and its impact on your ability to work. Experienced attorneys can work to ensure that all aspects of your injury are considered, including medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and even potential long-term effects on your career.
- Appeal any denial. Unfortunately, even a valid workers’ compensation claim may be denied or minimized by an employer or insurance company. This setback doesn’t mean you’re out of options. Flaxman Law Group has a proven track record of helping healthcare workers appeal denials and secure the compensation they rightfully deserve.
If you’re a healthcare professional dealing with a job-related injury, reach out to Flaxman Law Group today by calling the Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood offices of Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney who can answer your questions and discuss your specific situation.