Nurses and other medical professionals are often tasked with high pressure jobs and long hours which can be stressful. This is why it is so important that employers take time to assess the risks of their job in order to prevent any further stress or accidents.
The NHS and private medical care business owners have a duty of care to their patients, but they also have a duty of care to their staff. Nurses, doctors and even cleaners have a right to be safe in their place of work therefore employers should ensure that the hospital or surgery is assessed for potential hazards. These potential hazards should then be controlled to a reasonable standard.
Potential hazards of a hospital environment include contaminated needles, sharp instruments, slippery flooring, stressed or rowdy patients and the spread of infection. There are many other potential hazards which may be specific to that hospital or surgery and these also need to be identified.
Nurses injured at work may be unable to work following an accident or may suffer from stress or anxiety after the incident. For example, needle-stick injuries can be worrying due to the risk of infection from blood-borne viruses. If you have been injured at work and there is evidence of health and safety failings, you could be entitled to compensation.
Workplace accidents and injuries
Nurses injured at work may be unable to continue working for some time due to the hands-on nature of their jobs. However, they may be forced out of work for a period of time due to the risk of infecting a patient. This could be because the nurse has contracted a bacterial infection or it could be due to a needle-stick injury.
This may cause stress, anxiety or depression and could have repercussions on nurses’ everyday lives. If you have sustained an injury at work because of safety failings, you could make a personal injury claim.
Personal injury compensation
You may be seeking some advice and support on making a personal injury claim, which our team at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with.
If you are injured at work and there is evidence that someone else was negligent, you could make a compensation claim with the help of our legal team.
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