Mississippi Health Care Worker Injury Lawyer
Health care workers in Mississippi perform a wide range of services to patients in many different types of health care contexts. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are dozens of specific health care worker occupations, ranging from jobs as dental hygienists and dentists to chiropractors to registered nurses in emergency rooms and surgeons. These jobs all come with various types of injury risks that often include exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace, back injuries resulting from lifting requirements, and slips and falls caused by liquid spills and slick floors in health care workplaces. It is important for any injured health care worker to know that they may be eligible to seek financial compensation with help from an experienced attorney. Contact our experienced Mississippi health care worker injury lawyer today for more information about filing a health care worker injury claim or seeking workers’ compensation benefits.
Common Types of Health Care Worker Injuries in Mississippi
Health care professions, particularly those that involve work in hospitals and related settings, are among the most hazardous work environments in the country, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Indeed, according to OSHA, more than 250,000 workers suffer on-the-job injuries in hospital settings alone every year, which makes the rate of health care worker injuries significantly higher than the injury rate in dangerous industries like manufacturing or construction. As OSHA explains, health care workers have jobs that present distinct injury risks and challenges, as well as workplace hazards that are common in other jobs. Common types of health care worker injuries in Mississippi include but are not limited to:
- Back and neck injuries, including repetitive stress injuries, caused by lifting and moving patients;
- Occupational diseases resulting from exposure to patients with contagious diseases or sharp devices or needles that have been contaminated with bloodborne pathogens;
- Assault-related injuries caused by patients that are likely to experience violent outbursts, including patients with mental health issues or dementia;
- Injuries in slips and falls, such as bone fractures or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs); and
- Repetitive motion or overexertion injuries.
How Can a Health Care Worker Seek Compensation After an Injury in Mississippi?
After a workplace injury, it is critical to get in touch with a Mississippi health care worker injury attorney who can help you to seek compensation. Many health care workers are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, which include medical care coverage, ongoing medical care for your work injury, lost wages up to two-thirds of your average weekly wage, and disability benefits if you suffer a temporary or permanent disability.
To be eligible for workers’ compensation coverage as an injured health care worker, you will need to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days from the date you sustained the injury or received an occupational disease diagnosis. You will then have a maximum of two years to file a workers’ compensation claim under Mississippi law.
Contact Lunsford Baskin & Prieve, PLLC Today
If you sustained an injury or were diagnosed with an occupational disease as a health care worker, one of our attorneys can help. Contact our experienced Mississippi health care worker injury lawyer to learn more about seeking compensation.