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Harassment, assault and other physical risks in hospital settings

One of the issues that many emergency room workers run into is violence. Whether it’s from a distraught patient or their family, violence is a significant cause of harm to these workers.

Most people understand that any type of violence against health care workers is not acceptable because it has a negative impact on their emotional, psychological and physical well-being. Unfortunately, many health care workers still struggle with abuse on the job.

In 2019, the American Nurses Association determined that around one in four nurses had been assaulted on the job on any given date. In another study from 2013, they found that 13% of the days missed from work were due to violence.

What is included in workplace violence?

Workplace violence may include physical assaults, verbal harassment, homicide and physical harassment. It’s one of the major drawbacks of working with people in a high-stress environment, and it’s a factor that is unfortunately common in these workers’ jobs.

According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, health care workers have a much higher chance of suffering from workplace violence in comparison to other workers. It happens at a rate of around 20% more than in other careers. In emergency care, emergency physicians reported that over 70 percent of them had witnessed assaults, while 47% had been assaulted themselves.

As a health care worker, you have rights. You deserve to be treated with respect and to be safe on the job. If you are injured because of a patient or co-worker’s actions, you may be able to pursue workers’ compensation or other compensation to help you get the financial support you need during your recovery.