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Hospital Workplace Injuries

New York Healthcare Worker Injuries Can Be Chronic, Acute, Even Deadly

Most people don't realize just how much healthcare workers do in a days' work. They lift patients in and out of ambulances, vans, wheelchairs and gurneys, transferring them to hospital, clinic and ER beds. They are exposed to airborne viruses and diseases, hazardous bacteria and contaminated needlesticks. They have to handle razor-sharp scalpels that may be covered in germs, infected fluids or blood. Healthcare workers injured in hospitals, clinics, emergency rooms or doctor's offices can suffer job-related injuries as serious as construction site injuries. And, just like any workplace injury, filing a workers compensation claim is the first step toward recovering, both financially and medically. But the process can be incredibly complicated and, very often, without the help of a knowledgeable lawyer, work injury victims have their claim denied.

The attorneys at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano LLP handle claims for a wide range of healthcare worker injuries. Many of our clients include sick or injured nurses, physicians, medical assistants, surgeons, radiologists, and other types of healthcare workers.

What is the most common injury to healthcare workers?

Here are just a few of the most common injuries and hazards in the healthcare workplace that we handle:

  • Daily exposure to infectious diseases
  • Chemical exposure to toxins, contaminants and body fluids
  • Potentially fatal needle-stick injuries
  • Severe cuts from surgical instruments
  • Slipping and falling on slippery hospital floors
  • Repetitive stress injuries due to lifting patients in and out of hospital beds and gurneys
  • Shoulder pain from pushing heavy wheelchairs
  • Risk of harm from unstable psychiatric patients
  • Hazardous pharmaceutical lab work
  • Slipped discs and back injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Punctures and lacerations

Can I be compensated for healthcare work-related injuries?

If you suffer from healthcare worker injuries or illnesses, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits cover about two-thirds of your average weekly wage, medical expenses, and rehabilitation costs.

To file a successful workers’ compensation claim in New York, you’ll need to:

  • Report your injury or illness to your supervisor
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible
  • Complete Form C-3 (Employee Claim) and submit it to the New York Workers’ Compensation Board
  • Follow the recommendations given by your doctor and attorney

We Will Fight Hard For Your Justice-Call Us Today

Contact the New York Law Offices of Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP so you can begin to recover from your hospital or healthcare workplace injury. Call us today toll-free at (800) 692-3717 or contact us online for a free evaluation. Every conversation is completely confidential, and we serve all five NYC boroughs, as well as Long Island, Westchester and Rockland County. We also have more than 90 years of experience representing union members who have sustained healthcare worker injuries, so please call if you are part of a local union.