Lots of people work in hospitals; they are very busy places. They also have a high turnover of patients coming in every day seeking healthcare for a vast array of different reasons including accidents, diseases, injury and ongoing care for chronic illnesses. As a result staff are often under high amounts of stress and have heavy workloads in order to keep up with the demands of the job and this can sometimes result in hospital worker injuries. If you are injured working in a hospital you could be entitled to compensation for your injury.
Types of hospital worker injuries can include injuries from malfunctioning medical equipment, injuries from patients or visitors, accidents because of negligence resulting in broken bones, lacerations or electric shocks. Hospital workers can sustain injuries from hazards that are not properly addressed in the hospital or from interaction with medical materials that have not been properly processed or have been left in a dangerous manner. There is also the risk of falling or tripping over something if items are not stored properly or if walkways are not left clear.
Health and safety to prevent hospital worker injuries
As hospitals have a lot of potential hazards it is important that procedures are in place to minimise the risk to workers and patients alike. Health and safety checks should be made on all medical equipment to make sure there is no chance of the machines malfunctioning and causing injury. Workers themselves should be briefed on the hazards in their own line of work and should have the proper safety wear and equipment to protect themselves in their work. These health and safety procedures should be reviewed regularly; if they are not then staff will become vulnerable to injury.
How to make a claim
If you have been injured whilst working in a hospital then you could consider making a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline works with personal injury lawyers you can trust, and has been working in the industry for 14 years. As well as being well equipped to deal with your claim, we are proud to be endorsed by our patron, UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen. We provide no-obligation advice on our 24-hour helpline, so you can call us to find out if making a compensation claim is right for you on 0800 689 0500. If you want to see how much you could claim, have a look at the 30-second claim calculator we have on our website.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown