Tampa Healthcare Worker Lawyers
We Are Here To Defend Your Rights as a Healthcare Worker
Heathcare workers encounter a unique set of work hazards. They can be exposed
to nosocomial infections, such as clostridium difficile (c-diff) and MRSA
or they can contract diseases from coming in contact with blood borne
pathogens such as Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B or HIV.
Healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, CNA's and emergency
medical technicians are at higher risk for:
- Communicable diseases;
- Needlestick injuries;
- Latex allergies; and
- Strains and sprains from lifting and transferring patients.
Should you suffer a needle stick or contract a disease through other means,
it is important to report the incident to employee health as quickly as
possible. Protective measures can be taken to help prevent viral or bacteriological
diseases from taking hold. In addition, it is important to document the
breach of protective measures. Because of HIPAA regulations, it is not
always possible to gain access to the medical records of patient's
you havecome in contact with. Discovering you are positive for hepatitis
years after exposure and then trying to establish what patient may have
transmitted this disease to you can make pursuing a claim very difficult.
But if you take the time to document each and every potential and actual
transfer of fluids, through a needlestick or otherwise, the claim can
be much easier to make, even years after the fact.
Hospitals are zealous when guarding information about their internal rates
of infection. Hospitals will claim their own healthcare workers acquired
a communicable disease in the community, even when there was a documented
outbreak or exposure. Claims for certain types of communicable diseases
may require testing for strain, in order to prove etiology. Making a claim
against a hospital, nursing home, clinic or office can be a complicated,
Contact Us at (813) 229-2667 For Help!
If you live in the Tampa area and were injured in a hospital or other health
care setting, you need to be represented by an expert in the area of workers'
compensation and in particular, exposure claims. Serving the areas of
Tampa, Brandon, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, the lawyers at Harris &
Riviere can help you build a case that will result in the highest possible
benefits for you, while protecting your privacy and your job. Schedule
an appointment to discuss your case today by calling (813) 229-2667 or
filling out one of our free
case evaluation forms.