Healthcare workers are at risk of various injuries and illnesses while they take care of other injured and ill people. Statistically, hospitals are some of the most hazardous workplaces in the US. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), hospitals have a higher rate of injuries requiring days away from work than construction, manufacturing, and private industry as a whole.
When accidents happen and healthcare workers get injured, they deserve to be taken care of in the same way that they take care of others. Workplace injuries serious enough to result in days missed from work often require extensive medical care. These workers need to be compensated for their lost income, medical expenses, and other expenses related to their injuries.
How Can Injured Hospital Workers Be Compensated?
Like virtually all other employees in Pennsylvania, injured healthcare workers are entitled to benefits through Workers' Compensation. If your claim is accepted, you can expect to receive compensation for medical expenses and about 2/3 of your lost wages.
If your injury is severe enough to keep you from working for 12 months or more, you may also qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. You may receive these benefits in addition to Workers' Compensation, but your payments may be adjusted if you're receiving both forms of compensation.
In cases where an accident was caused by the negligence of a third party, injured hospital workers may have the option to file a personal injury claim. This can help to account for expenses not covered under WC and SSDI, such as pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and emotional distress.