Attorney Esequiel Solorio is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

5 common injuries health care workers face

On Behalf of | Sep 19, 2023 | Workplace Accidents

Health care workers, the backbone of our health care system, often find themselves facing a myriad of challenges, including the risk of workplace injuries.

These dedicated professionals play a key role in providing medical care and support to patients, but their jobs can take a toll on their physical well-being.

1. Musculoskeletal injuries

Lifting and transferring patients, as well as repetitive tasks such as bending and twisting, can lead to musculoskeletal disorders, such as sprains, strains, and back injuries. The physical demands of the job put health care workers at risk of long-term musculoskeletal pain.

2. Needlestick injuries

Needlestick injuries are a constant concern for health care professionals, particularly nurses and phlebotomists. Accidental needle pricks while administering injections or drawing blood can result in the transmission of infectious diseases, posing a serious threat to their health.

3. Slips, trips, and falls

In the bustling environment of a hospital or clinic, health care workers may encounter wet floors, cluttered hallways, or uneven surfaces. These hazards can lead to slips, trips, and falls, resulting in injuries ranging from minor bruises to severe fractures.

4. Chemical exposure

In certain health care settings, workers may handle hazardous chemicals, disinfectants, or pharmaceuticals. Accidental exposure to these substances can result in skin irritation, respiratory issues, or more severe health problems.

5. Eye injuries

Health care workers often deal with various fluids and sharp objects. This can put them at risk of eye injuries from splashes of bodily fluids, accidental needlesticks, or other incidents.

The health care industry continues to have the highest number of workplace injuries, with 623,000 claims in 2021. If injured on the job, you have the right to seek compensation.