Tampa Healthcare Worker Lawyers
We Are Here to Defend Your Rights as a Healthcare Worker
Healthcare 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.
What to Do If You Contract A Disease
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 have come 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, expensive affair.
Contact Our Tampa Workers Comp Lawyer 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) 669-2080 to speak with a workers comp lawyer in Tampa or contacting us online.
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