A physiotherapist helps people deal with physical issues they may have that prevent them from doing certain things. They focus on providing therapy of various kinds, depending on the injuries or illnesses people have suffered from. For instance they can assist stroke victims in helping them gain back movement, and help others who have had road accidents that may have resulted in serious injuries and immobility.
While a lot of training goes into becoming a physiotherapist, there is a lot of physical work involved as well. You will help people in a variety of ways and you may work in many settings too. You could work in different parts of a hospital for example, or in an outpatient’s centre. Alternatively you might end up working in a care home or in your own practice.
How could a physiotherapist be injured while on the job?
If you work for an employer, you have every right to expect your workplace to be safe at all times. If you are walking from one department to another in a hospital for example, you would expect the floor to be safe and clean and dry in every area. If you were walking down a corridor that was wet and it didn’t have a warning sign indicating this, you could slip over and hurt yourself.
You could also sustain other injuries by moving patients incorrectly. You should have received training on how to move people in a proper manner, depending on their needs and yours. However, if this does not happen, you could end up straining or damaging your back, neck or shoulders in some way. Similarly you may need help moving or assisting a particular patient, and if this help is not provided and you are hurt moving them on your own, this might constitute negligence.
What should you do?
If you do receive injuries of this nature at work and you think physiotherapist injury compensation might be a possibility, make sure you contact Accident Advice Helpline. Our free enquiry line is worth using because it puts you through to an experienced team of advisors.
Once you call us on 0800 689 0500 you can find out more about the likelihood of getting physiotherapist injury compensation. Don’t waste the opportunity to claim if you have a strong case for doing so because someone else exhibited negligence in some way.
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead