Doctors and nurses often work long hours in a high pressure environment, particularly in the Accident and Emergency department or within a GP surgery. The hospital environment can be fast-paced and can require doctors to attend a patient within a moment’s notice.
Hospitals are a workplace which means that risk assessments should be carried out to prevent slips, trips and falls as well as other accidents and injuries. Doctors could also be easily injured due to lack of sleep or stress therefore it is important that their well-being is made a priority by employers.
A risk assessment involves the identification of potential hazards in the workplace. Employers then have a duty to control these potential hazards to the best of their ability to ensure that safety of their medical professionals. This means that there must be an assessment of any area of the job which could cause a doctor harm.
This could be from a needle-stick injury, a sharps injury or from a slip or fall. It could also be from a patient in the hospital or surgery. If there is a failure to put measures in place to prevent accidents, doctors injured at work could be entitled to compensation.
Injuries at work
Workplace accidents and injuries may have occurred due to potential employer negligence, particularly if there are health and safety failings. These could involve incorrect procedures for disposing of sharp instruments or the failings could involve being injured while walking around the hospital.
Doctors injured at work due to negligence have the legal right to compensation where there is evidence of health and safety failings. If you are seeking advice on making a claim, our team at Accident Advice Helpline can assist.
How we can help you
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have helped thousands of people to claim personal injury compensation for accidents caused by negligence.
If you have been injured at work because of potential health and safety failings, you can get in touch with our team of experts for some advice on your case.
We offer no-obligation advice when you give us a call free on 0800 689 0500 and we also offer a no win, no fee* service to our clients when they choose to be represented by our legal team.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen