Health care is a risky industry

Health care is a risky industry

On Behalf of | Nov 25, 2020 | Injuries, Workers' Compensation

People in Oklahoma understand the physical risks that come with working in the trades or joining the military. But they may not understand that health care careers often lead to serious injuries too. For example, nursing home caregivers often have to lift or reposition residents. This can lead to injuries like strains and sprains. Other work-related injuries are also common in health care.

Understanding the risks

In 2018, Minnesota’s Department of Labor and Industry examined injuries in the health care industry. They found that over half the time, workers were hurt through overexertion. The other two major risks included environmental issues like trip-and-slip hazards. Finally, in 10% of the cases, workers were injured by their patients. Violence from patients can be intentional or unintentional. It represents a real problem for people in health care careers.

Age and job classification

The work someone is doing and his or her level of health can impact how serious his or her on-the-job injury may be. Some health care workers don’t have a lot of one-on-one contact with patients. Others, like nursing assistants, spend a lot of time lifting people. Even though ergonomic practices are commonly taught to these workers, injuries are still common.

As people get older, it can take them longer to recover from workplace injuries. Older individuals also tend to have less muscle mass than younger people. Some health care employers have addressed these issues by adding wellness programs or even yoga classes in their facilities. There are many ways to support worker health.

If you’ve been injured on the job in a health care setting, you may be able to obtain workers’ compensation. It can be a good idea to contact a lawyer to help with the process of filing a claim. Workers’ comp claims can be very nitpicky.