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Wednesday 17 August 2022
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Medical Workplace Injuries Are On the Rise in New York

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In New York, medical workplace injuries are on the rise due to exposure, accidents, negligence, and foul play. Even in the most secure of facilities, the sheer number of variables that could go wrong make employee injuries a sad reality. From airborne viruses to combative patients, medical workplace injuries have shaken the city of New York. Not only can citizens of New York benefit from education surrounding medical workplace injuries, so too, can the medical community when they’re prepared to seek compensation following an injury. Here’s why these injuries are occurring more often, and what citizens of New York can do to protect themselves.

Airborne Viruses and Infectious Diseases Pose Ongoing Risks

From influenza to COVID-19, airborne viruses and infectious diseases have shattered communities. But since the COVID-19 epidemic in 2019, citizens of New York have learned more about the conditions experienced by medical workers in hospitals. Though the reported incident rate for workplace injuries fell from 4.51 incidents per 100 full-time workers in 2011 to 3.30 in 2019, the concern that workers can come into contact with contaminated surfaces or people is a real worry, even when personal protective equipment is used. In addition to the ongoing risk, many medical professionals may face added stress knowing the pressure is there every day. But given the hazards and risks involved, as long as you took the appropriate precautions, you can rest assured you have the right to pursue a claim for workman’s compensation. Either way, the end result is better than doing nothing to support your family financially.

Needle-Stick Injuries and Exposure to Substances

All hospitals embrace specific procedures aimed at avoiding needle-stick injuries. However, their frightening occurrence can have a psychological impact on some medical employees. While most medical personnel will have gotten used to being exposed to needles and substances, there is always a risk of an employee letting their guard down long enough to come into contact with Fentanyl, needles, and other drug paraphernalia. Even shortly after exposure, the injured can suffer depressed breathing, reduced heart rate, or loss of consciousness depending on the substance in which they’re exposed. Again, the precautions are there. But in March 2018, about 40% of Americans reported skipping a recommended medical test or treatment. If you don’t check, you might not realize you’ve been exposed to toxins, so you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out to an attorney to help you negotiate compensation. The extra money might even help you cover the cost of prescription medicine you might need to take to recover.

Combative Patients Are Still Obligated to Quality Care

Blows and cuts to the face, knee injuries induced by kicking, wounds from biting or scratching, and the aftermath of being spit on can quickly pile tension and mental distress onto a medical professional’s day. In the most extreme cases involving weapons, medical workers may suffer an injury that takes a toll on their confidence, leading some to have to consider other more expensive medical treatments to make up for the previous ones. For example, while Botox injections are meant for aging faces, suffering a serious physical injury in a medical workplace might cause a medical worker to feel so traumatized they need cosmetic surgery and other expensive treatments to fully recover from an injury. Botox injection was the number one non-surgical procedure performed in 2018 and has held the top spot on the list of aesthetic procedures performed in the U.S. since 1999. So, if you’ve been victimized by a combative patient, you should always discuss the incident with an attorney. Even in a crowded state like New York, justice can still be served.

Combative patients aren’t the only problem medical workers have to take into consideration. The overall safety risk due to exposure to airborne viruses and harmful contaminants, contraband, weapons, and substances, takes a significant toll on a health care worker. If it costs you your job, your family may be left paying the price. But in New York, these tragic workplace accidents are happening more often. Medical professionals need to protect each other, beginning by protecting themselves and their finances.