Many people in California who have been treated in a medical facility recognize the importance of health care workers. In fact, many such workers sometimes place both their physical and mental well-being in jeopardy as they work to ensure that the needs of their patients are met. Unfortunately, work-related injuries can leave these workers facing financial hardship as well as fear for their safety.
Unfortunately, recent reports indicate that safety concerns from health care workers are valid. For example, these workers are at a greater risk of suffering an injury related to workplace violence when compared to other professions. This risk is only getting higher with some reports indicating that there has been a 60% increase in violence against health care workers in hospitals.
For examples, a nurse in another state reports that she has been both verbally and physically attacked by patients, while a charge nurse in an emergency department reports being seriously injured twice during a four-month period. In one of the incidents, the nurse reports helping with an uncooperative patient. In doing so, the nurses suffered a torn muscle, resulting in two weeks off work.
The nurse in the latter example reports having to turn to work before he was fully recovered due to financial concerns. Unfortunately, many people suffering for work-related injuries face financial hardships due to medical expenses and lost wages. While they may be entitled to workers’ compensation insurance benefits, many are unsure of their rights and the process which could ultimately prevent them from receiving the full benefits that they deserve. Many injured workers in California report that having an experienced professional guide them through the process has helped them in their pursuit of a fair settlement.