Hospital workers have one of the hardest jobs in the United States. They are often under a high level of stress. They have to work long hours. Patients are counting on them for their health and, in many cases, their very lives.
On top of all of that, the work can be quite demanding from a physical perspective. Workers have to help patients move, roll over, get in and out of bed, go to the bathroom and much more. All of these things sound normal, but they get difficult very quickly. If you have a 120-pound nurse trying to help a 200-pound patient get out of bed, and the patient has very limited mobility, that’s no small task. It can lead to strained muscles, back injuries, slip and fall injuries, pulled tendons and many other such issues.
One way around this is for hospital workers to make it a practice to work in pairs. Teamwork is often the best and fastest solution, compared to trying to do the job alone or looking for equipment to help. Two workers can assist each other and the patient so that no one has to strain or overexert themselves. This is not only helpful for the workers, but for the patients.
The problem, then, often comes down to staffing. With hundreds or thousands of patients in a facility, there may just be too many needs for every situation to be addressed by multiple staff members. Teamwork is very beneficial, but it’s not always realistic, as any doctor or nurse can attest.
As such, those who get injured on the job need to understand their legal options. If you or someone you love has been injured, find out more about your rights and how an attorney can help.