Our country depends on healthcare workers. The individuals who work in the medical field are consummate professionals who ensure our health and well-being. However, healthcare workers face a higher risk of injury than most other types of workers. At DiMarco Araujo Montevideo, our Orange County healthcare workers’ compensation lawyers are here to help. We will work to make sure that injured medical workers receive the compensation they deserve.
COVID-19 and Healthcare Workers
Healthcare workers are on the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. If you are a medical professional who has contracted COVID-19 in the workplace, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
In many cases, nobody knows exactly when they are exposed to an infectious disease, such as COVID-19. However, healthcare workers face a higher risk than any other worker in this country of contracting coronavirus. In California, any illness that arises due to working conditions is compensable if there is a clear link between exposure to the disease while on the job and the health condition.
COVID-19 is a dangerous condition, and it is vital that healthcare workers receive the care they deserve if they become ill with this disease.
Healthcare Workers Face Risks Each Day
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), healthcare workers face a higher incidence of injury and illness because of the physical nature of many medical field jobs. Statistics show that there are approximately six injury or illness cases per 100 full-time workers each year in the U.S., higher than those working other “dangerous” industries such as manufacturing and construction.
Whether you work as an EMT, a nurse, a doctor, or in any other valuable healthcare profession, the risks you face each day are real. The most common causes of injuries sustained by medical professionals include:
Workers’ compensation is supposed to be a “no-fault” system, meaning that compensation should be paid regardless of who was at fault for the injury. However, if an employer or insurance carrier delays or denies a claim, this can have serious repercussions for the injured worker.
An Orange County workers’ compensation attorney will have the resources and experience necessary to conduct a full investigation into your case. They will obtain all evidence needed to establish a link between your injury or illness and the workplace.
Contact an Orange County Healthcare Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you or a loved one are a healthcare worker who has sustained an injury on the job, you should be entitled to compensation. At DiMarco Araujo Montevideo, our team is here to help if your claim is denied or delayed. We will investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to, which could include:
The costs of any medical bills related to the injury