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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare is among the fastest-growing segments of our economy. The healthcare industry is critical to the health and welfare of our nation, but healthcare workers face a wide variety of job hazards that can lead to serious injuries and illnesses. In fact, healthcare workers’ rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness is among the highest of any industry sector. If you’re a healthcare worker who’s been injured on the job, consult with an experienced Kansas workers’ compensation attorney today.
Healthcare workers face significant risks on the job, including:
No one denies that many healthcare providers work long, grueling hours, and that the work is uniquely stressful. In fact, the stress and overwork inherent to the healthcare industry is one of the major health concerns associated with these jobs. Exhaustion and stress exacerbate one another and can lead to maladaptive physical manifestations, including fatigue, headaches, gastrointestinal distress, depression, and aches and pains. Further, when healthcare workers are spread too thin in a low nurse-to-patient ratio, the risk of serious injury and illness increases.
While a lot of attention has been paid to creating a culture of safety for patients, little attention has been paid to the healthcare providers themselves. When healthcare providers have physical limitations to begin with or are injured on the job, they’re often forced to either retire early or to change careers (contributing to the nursing shortage that is looming). Healthcare workers’ vulnerability to injury and illness on the job can contribute to poorer health outcomes for healthcare providers and patients alike.
Healthcare providers do important work, and when they are injured on the job, it’s bad for everyone. If you’re a healthcare provider who’s been harmed on the job, the experienced legal team at Pyle Law in McPherson, Kansas, is on your side. Attorney Tom Pyle is committed to aggressively advocating for the best resolution of your claim and to helping you make your fullest recovery. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (888) 381-1155 today.