Paramedics do an often thankless job in some of the toughest conditions imaginable. We at Accident Advice Helpline would like to commend the courageous men and women who serve at the forefront of the first line of response in medical services in the UK. Being a paramedic is a dangerous job and there are a number of potential injury claims for paramedics that are a direct result of working in such hazardous circumstances.
Road traffic accidents
As a result of having to bring patients to hospital who may be in a critical condition, ambulance drivers often have to drive in extremely hazardous conditions. Thankfully, the men and women who do this are highly trained and capable of performing this task. However this still means that that a potential road traffic accident could occur.
Slips, trips & falls
Slipping or tripping is the single biggest hazard in any occupation and working as a paramedic is no exception to this. The floor of an ambulance may become slippery due to the use of cleaning fluids which may be used to disinfect and sterilise an ambulance after it has carried a patient to the hospital. Slipping or tripping can result in serious injury so you should wear appropriate footwear with adequate grip to prevent the chances of a slip or trip.
Repetitive Strain Injury
Repetitive strain injury occurs when an excessive load is placed on the same muscle groups for an extended period of time. Paramedics often have to lift patients, or carry stretchers down flights of stairs. This puts paramedics at serious risk of suffering a repetitive strain injury.
Injury claims for paramedics
If you’re a paramedic and have suffered an accident at work and someone else was to blame, you could be entitled to make a claim for work accident compensation. Compensation won’t take away the pain you’ve suffered as a result of your accident, but it can help to overcome the unforeseen financial obstacles that arise as a result. Don’t delay, call Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone 0800 689 0500 for more information how you could make a claim for compensation. A professional and highly-trained advisor will talk you through the claim process and won’t place you under any obligation to proceed with a claim.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown