With very few exceptions, businesses in California are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. Businesses located outside of the state of California also may need to provide workers’ compensation coverage for employees who regularly work in California.
This insurance is intended to compensate employees for injuries sustained while working. California is strict when it comes to workers’ compensation requirements, and when business owners do not comply, they may be subject to criminal charges, jail time, and fines.
Workplace Injuries In The Healthcare Industry
Nurses and other healthcare workers are in the business of providing care for injured and ill patients. When they spend their working hours caring for patients who need their assistance, they often do not realize that they are putting themselves at a greater risk for injury and illness just by carrying out their job duties.
If you have sustained injuries while working in the healthcare industry, contact workers’ compensation attorney Joseph Kritzer, to discuss your claim and financial recovery options.
Nurses And Healthcare Workers At Heightened Injury Risk
Hospitals and nursing homes are generally not considered by most to be high-risk working environments when it comes to workplace injuries. However, many are surprised to learn that the opposite is actually true. Employees of nursing homes, hospitals, and personal care facilities are subject to some of the highest rates of workplace injuries in the United States.
In addition to injuries, illness rates are also far higher than many other occupations due to workers’ proximity to germs and airborne illnesses. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, illness and injury while working at a nursing home or hospital is higher than those sustained in many private-sector jobs, including both construction and manufacturing jobs.
Nursing and other health care occupations require tremendous physical labor for duties such as bathing patients, moving them from beds and chairs, pushing wheelchairs and other physical job requirements. Injuries from physical labor can be the result of sudden trauma while performing job duties, or they can develop over time due to repetitive exertion.
Workers’ Compensation Insurance Companies
Healthcare industry employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover injured employees, but that does not mean that insurance companies and their representatives are always willing to pay injured employees the amount they deserve to be paid.
If you have been injured at work, it is important to find a workers’ compensation advocate to handle your claim and fight for your compensation.
Workers’ Compensation Nurses & Healthcare Workers Injuries
If you have sustained workplace injuries in a healthcare setting, contact workers’ compensation attorney Joseph Kritzer and his workers’ compensation team to review your claim and protect your rights.
Insurance companies and attorneys may lowball the value of your claim, but when you have an experienced team working on your behalf, you are much more likely to receive the settlement to which you are entitled. Contact us at (310) 721-2482 or submit an online form, and we will get in touch with you.