Hospitals regularly employ thousands of people who come to work on a daily basis. While these facilities are designed to treat people who are already injured or ill, hospital workers themselves can often be injured in work-related accidents, including slip and fall accidents. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates  that the incidence of same-level slips trips and falls that caused injuries resulting in lost workdays was 90 percent greater for hospital workers than it was for all other private industries combined.
Fortunately for workers who are injured in these kinds of accidents, they can often obtain benefits through Delaware’s Workers’ Compensation Program.  The most effective way for injured employees to ensure that they get the benefits to which they are entitled is to consult with a Delaware workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible.
How do slip and falls occur in hospitals?
Most modern hospitals are extremely busy healthcare facilities that have people going from place to place 24 hours a day. At any given moment, you can find people in a hospital who are cleaning, eating, transporting patients, waiting to see a physician, moving equipment from place to place, visiting friends and family, or engaging in commercial activity. As a result, there are a number of hazardous conditions that may develop in a hospital setting which have the potential to cause injury to hospital employees. Additionally, equipment malfunctions or poor maintenance practices can also create dangerous conditions that may cause a slip and fall. Some examples of these kinds of hazards include:
Fortunately for slip and fall victims who work at the hospital, it is not necessary to establish that the hazard or condition that caused an accident was the result of hospital negligence in order to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. In most cases, simply establishing that the accident was work-related and resulted in certain losses will be sufficient.
Slip and fall accidents can leave victims with serious injuries
Many people are under the mistaken impression that slip and fall accidents do not have the potential to result in serious injury. After all, most of us have slipped and fallen at some point in our lives and likely sustained little more than a bruise or scratch. In reality, slip and fall accidents can leave victims with extremely serious injuries, some of which may even result in long-term medical problems that may prevent them from returning to work for week or months, if at all. Some of these injuries include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can occur when fall victims hit their heads on the floor or on another object with sufficient force. When serious, TBIs can cause significant cognitive and physical problems that may prevent victims from working or living independently.
- Spinal cord injuries – Spinal cord injuries involve damage to the spinal cord, which is the bundle of nerves that allows the brain to communicate with the rest of the body. These injuries can be caused by trauma that fractures or moves vertebrae out of place and can simply involve minor pressure or slight damage to the spinal cord. In some cases, however, the spinal cord may be severed, a condition which results in paralysis below the site of the injury.
- Soft tissue injuries – Soft tissue injuries are a fairly common result of slip and fall accidents. These kinds of include bruises, lacerations, sprains, tears, and strains. While often self-resolving, when serious, soft tissue injuries can cause significant complications and may require intensive medical treatment.
- Broken bones – Fractures, or broken bones, can also occur in slip and fall accidents. These injuries occur when a bone is subject to force that is sufficient to cause a break in its continuity. These injuries can be extremely painful and require weeks or months of recovery time.
Contact a Delaware workers’ compensation law firm today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney
Hospital workers that are injured in slip and fall accidents that occur while at work are often entitled to significant workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can provide people who are injured in workplace accidents with compensation their medical expenses and other losses they incur. For this reason, it is important for anyone injured in a hospital slip and fall accident to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC today at 215-875-7030 or send us an email through our online contact form.