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While serving others, healthcare workers suffer serious injuries

From the surgeon who performs a life-saving operation on a patient, to the support staffer who wheels that patient out of the operating room and back to their recovery room, healthcare professionals are under constant demands on their physical stamina and mental acuteness. Texas residents who work in this important field understand how quickly the stress and strain of helping others can affect the physical well-being of those they serve. As a result, though, many healthcare workers suffer serious injuries as a result of doing their jobs.

According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospital-based healthcare workers are twice as likely to suffer overexertion injuries when compared to individuals who work in other professions. Additionally, ambulance workers are five times more likely to suffer these serious forms of harm when compared to men and women who make their livings outside of the healthcare field.

Though a lot of guidance on proper patient lifting and moving practices has been published and more employers are cognizant of how ergonomics should be used in their workplaces, healthcare workers still get hurt every day that they do their jobs. When they do suffer harm they may sustain life-altering pain and suffering that prevents them from getting back to the work they love.

A serious and preventable workplace injury is both a medical situation and a legal problem. Healthcare workers who lose time from their jobs may want to discuss their possible injury-based cases with attorneys who represent employee victims of physical harm. Options may be available to them to seek compensation for their losses while they recuperate from their workplace injuries.

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