Many children in California and across the country want to be veterinarians when they grow up. Numerous people achieve this dream and spend their days tending to sick and injured animals and ensuring the health of others. As cute and cuddly as some patients may seem, veterinarians, technicians and assistants are often at risk of suffering workplace injuries.
It may come as no surprise that the majority of veterinary-related injuries stem from interactions with animals. Bites, scratches, sprains, strains and other injuries can result from aggressive, frightened, ill or injured animals. However, it is also possible for these injuries to occur if a person makes a mistake while handling an animal, such as moving, lifting or holding one improperly.
Additionally, injuries could also occur in ways not related to animals. For example, a worker could easily slip and fall on a wet floor or trip over a hazard. It is also necessary for workers to pay attention to radiation risks when performing X-rays on animals. Standing too close could easily lead to unnecessary exposure that could have serious effects later.
In efforts to prevent workplace injuries, workers need to be aware of the hazards and to perform their duties in the correct way. Of course, injuries can occur under unexpected circumstances, and if California veterinary workers are injured on the job, they may need to understand their workers’ compensation options. These benefits can help cover various financial issues stemming from on-the-job injuries, but they are not always guaranteed. As a result, it is important to have the right information regarding qualifying for benefits.