Home > Practice Areas > Manhattan Headquarters > Manhattan Hospital Workplace Injury Lawyers

Manhattan Hospital Workplace Injury Lawyers

Hospital workers have one of the most important and selfless careers in the country. In addition to dedicating long, grueling hours to caring for sick patients, they also risk their health on a daily basis. Many people think of hospitals as safe places. However, there are numerous occupational hazards that employees frequently encounter.

If you work at a hospital and were injured on the job, you could be entitled to compensation to account for your losses and assist with your recovery. To find out more, contact a Manhattan hospital workplace injury lawyer at Shulman & Hill today.

Hospital Workplace Injuries by the Numbers

According to a 2013 report from OSHA, hospital workers face more risks than the majority of other industries. In fact, the rate of hospital workplace injuries is higher than that in the construction and manufacturing industries.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has also noted the following:

  • In 2011, a reported 253,700 hospital workers in the United States became ill or hurt due to their work responsibilities. This equates to 6.8 injuries for every 100 full-time employees.
  • 58,860 of those injuries or illnesses resulted in time off of work.
  • Hospital workplace injuries result in more days away from work than workplace injuries across the entire private industry, including construction and manufacturing.

Why is the Workplace Injury Rate So High in Hospitals?

Hospital workers encounter many risks to their safety on a regular basis. Some of the hazards hospital workers experience include:

Injuries from Lifting, Positioning, and Transferring Patients

Larger patients with limited mobility can be especially tricky to move safely. Healthcare workers go through training to learn the proper procedures for lifting patients to minimize the risk of injury to themselves and patients. However, because of the frequency and speed patients may need to be transferred, injuries can still occur.

Scenarios that make lifting unsafe may arise at any time. For example, if there is an emergency and there are not enough people around that can help, a hospital worker may move a patient without assistance.

Exposure to Contagious Patients

Every hospital employee has the potential to be exposed to dangerous illnesses. Hospitals should have strict procedures in place for interacting with and treating contagious patients, including offering sufficient personal protective equipment to each worker. However, they do not always find out about their contagious illness right away. By the time they are diagnosed, sometimes a considerable number of people have been exposed.

Handling SHARPs

Sharps are defined by OSHA as a “contaminated object that can penetrate the skin.” Sharps include things like hypodermic needles, syringes, scalpels, lancets, and wires. OSHA has specific standards in place for handling and disposing of sharps. However, in a chaotic, emergency scenario, accidents can and do happen.

Risk of Being Injured by Patients

Hospital employees may work with agitated and violent patients. Individuals who are in a violent state can inflict serious injuries on hospital workers.

Steps to Take to Help Prevent Injuries in Manhattan Hospitals

  • Practice safe lifting tactics. Repeated stress on your back from lifting patients over a long period of time has been proven to lead to long-term injuries. This risk increases exponentially when lifting is done without the proper technique or assistance.
  • Use equipment safely. Hospital workers use a lot of equipment and machinery regularly that has the potential to injure the user. Even pushing someone in a wheelchair poses a risk.
  • Placing contaminated objects in designated, FDA-approved containers immediately after use. In the event of an injury involving a contaminated object, the employee should immediately report the injury and undergo testing for certain blood-borne illnesses such as AIDS and hepatitis.
  • Report all accidents as directed by your company’s policies. This can be an important step towards ensuring that whatever conditions caused the accident or illness can be corrected. If possible, reporting accidents can help to prevent future incidents.

Can Manhattan Hospital Workers Be Compensated For Their Injuries?

Many people who have not suffered a serious injury or illness before may be shocked at the financial impact it can have on their life. Even when you work at a hospital and are familiar with the cost of medical care, it can be jarring to see the cost of your medical bills. Good health insurance can make a difference, but it does not solve the problem. If you end up needing to pay for rehabilitation services, or another form of higher care as a result of your injury or illness, those costs can quickly multiply.

On top of hefty medical bills, lost wages can also worsen your financial situation, particularly if your injury requires you to take a long-term or indefinite leave of absence from work. These financial hits, combined with the physical toll on your body, can lead to a great deal of stress.

Our Manhattan hospital workplace injury law firm can help injured employees obtain compensation to repair the financial damage they have incurred. Workers’ compensation offers payments to ease the burden of injured employees while they are unable to work. Workers’ compensation can be a huge help, but the process of filing a claim can be difficult. To receive these benefits after an injury, you need to prove the following:

  • Your injury was a direct result of something that happened at work while you were on the clock.
  • You did not purposely harm yourself to collect benefits or receive paid time off of work.

One of our Manhattan workers’ compensation lawyers can help you file a claim for benefits, and represent you in the event that your claim is denied.

How Can Shulman & Hill Help Injured Manhattan Hospital Workers?

Our experienced Manhattan hospital workplace injury lawyers can investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury thoroughly to make sure your claim has the best chance of being approved. This includes helping to gather the necessary evidence to prove that your injury qualifies for workers’ compensation benefits.

If you work at a hospital and were injured on the job, call Shulman & Hill today at 212-221-1000. You can also schedule a free consultation online.

WE WORK WITH YOU
TO GET YOU COMPENSATED

Free Case Evaluation

We have helped thousands of New Yorkers recover more than $250 million in compensation

We have helped thousands of New Yorkers recover more than $250 million in compensation

We have helped thousands of New Yorkers recover more than $250 million in compensation

NO FEE UNLESS YOU WIN

Everyday working people often struggle to afford top-tier legal representation. To ensure equal access to justice, we work on a contingency-fee basis. You pay no attorneys’ fees unless we achieve a settlement or verdict in your case.

pen writing on a paper symbol
lawyer scales symbol

More practice areas

Over 250 million dollars won

Our History of Success

Testimonials

"The treatment received by Shulman & Hill was extremely excellent. They treated me like I was part of their family and that gave me a lot of confidence in them. I would recommend them one hundred percent because they are very trained in your area. I congratulate you and ask God to fill you with blessings. Gracias for your support."

Ramon E.

"I would like to thank The Shulman & Hill Law Firm in Brooklyn for their outstanding representation on my worker’s compensation case. The monetary reward exceeded our expectations and Alex worked closely with me to meet and exceed my goals."

John S.

"To anyone in need of a worker’s compensation lawyer, I highly recommend Alex Shulman and his team. They went above and beyond to best accommodate me during my time of injury. All my questions and concerns were answered in a timely manner and with the utmost professionalism. In addition and most importantly they fought to make sure I was correctly compensated for my injuries at time of settlement and didn’t rush to get paid. I will be recommending their firm to anyone and everyone in need of their services."

Chaim L.

"I am both satisfied and relieved with the results this extremely professional and reliable firm did. They lead me through the entire process, they never gave me any issues. They handled everything on their own, and always put a great deal of effort to ensure my comfort and best interest. They were always reachable and answered all my questions, and gave me information even when I didn’t know what the right question to ask was.  They turned a grave dilemma into something very manageable and repairable. They are efficient and do not linger with any paperwork, I was truly amazed at the results and the short time it took. I highly recommend them to anyone, and will seek their counsel in the future."

Akila B.

"I really appreciate the service I received with Shulman & Hill.  They walked me through the process and kept me informed every step of the way.  They would call and leave a message and when I called back, I was connected with a person who knew exactly what my call was about.  I was very satisfied with my settlements. Thank You!"

Aaron R.

"Alex Shulman did a wonderful job walking me through all the process of my case…making sure I understood all the legality and severity of all my hearing. I highly recommend their firm to handle any and all worker’s compensation cases. They strive for your wellbeing health-wise as well as aiming for the financial max."

Altagrace G.

"Schulman & Hill was my very first choice I chose for my WC case . I am very pleased with the outcome of my case. I would highly recommend them to friends. They are very professional and kept me informed during every step of this process. Should I ever need a WC attorney again, God forbid, Shulman & Hill it is, hands down . Thank you ."

Cheryl M.

"I had a great experience with Shulman & Hill. They have a great team and were very understanding and helpful from day one. I felt like I was in good hands and the outcome on my case overreached my expectations! I highly recommend this firm. You can be rest assured that they will fight for you rights."

Anna G.

"My experience with the Shulman & Hill lawyers during this process time was excellent, they are competent and very professional lawyers, they worked quickly with my case and they kept me informed of the whole process all the time. Shulman & Hill’s fans recommend them with closed eyes, thank you very much Shulman & Hill."

Carolyn G.

"Shulman & Hill is the best firm out there. They help you understand....since walking into Shulman & Hill, they have guided me...to get a win. I am completely happy with my compensation. What brought me to Shulman & Hill was their expertise in workers compensation and personal injury cases. What I found value in was in their mission to provide compassionate service..."

Jason S.

"I went to the Internet to find a lawyer to assist me to navigate worker’s compensation process. Shulman & Hill was my first choice  and I have no regrets. I was impressed with the prompt response to my case. I must comment on the office environment and office staff being  friendly, professional and prompt. A big thanks to the lawyers that represented me at the hearings and Valeria who helped to lessen my anxiety are dealing with legal issues. I have no hesitation in recommending this law firm to anyone that requires legal services."

Ita L.

"The best law firm in NYC! They explain everything to you and they are very generous and helpful. The lawyers are excellent and very respectful as also is the receptionist. I highly recommend the Shulman & Hill law firm."

Davis C.

"Excellent lawyers. Excellent service. I will recommend them as my first choice. They helped me with my case since day one. They know exactly how to work on a case and win it. They worked fast and were always in communication with me.  I won my case with a very high amount. Thanks to all the staff, I wish them my best. They will always be in my heart."

Grace B.

"Had a very positive experience working with Shulman & Hill in the worker’s compensation case. Everyone is very professional and competent. Received the maximum possible settlement in court. I am sincerely grateful to my lawyers and personally Alex Shulman for the work done. I wish you further success and prosperity."

Dmitry M.

"I am so glad that I chose Alex Shulman to represent me in my worker’s compensation case. I have definitely recommended him to some of my coworkers and friends who needed an Attorney. I am so happy with the service I got from him and his paralegals. Thank you very much to the entire staff at Shulman & Hill for everything!"

Ilya K.

"Shulman & Hill have been tremendously helpful in resolving my case. They are extremely professional and thorough. I would recommend them to anyone working to resolve a difficult case."

James M.

"I was very pleased with the work of this firm. They made sure I understood my case and I was never left out of the loop. They were professional and very friendly. I would recommend them to anyone looking for someone who is going to fight for you to the very end."

Jennifer D.

"Do not waste time looking for better. There is no better than Shulman & Hill. I am very happy I got introduced to them by my good friends. Definitely THE BEST there is."

Arian K.

"Shulman and Hill are the absolute best: JJ, Alex and Christine are powerhouse attorneys who get the best results for their clients. I feel like these guys took care of me like family. When you’re dealing with a worker’s compensation case, you’ll want a pit bull to represent you: Shulman & Hill is the firm you need."

Chelsea W.

"Wonderful service quality by the group of professional advocates in the law firm of Shulman & Hill! I did not expect that I will find a proper solution regarding my worker’s compensation. However, it has been possible by the experts and they have made the task easier over the period. Thanks to them for their help."

Corey A.

"I would definitely like to thank Mr. Alex Shulman and his entire staff at Shulman and Hill for their exceptional work in helping me with my Worker’s Compensation case. Their entire staff was courteous and professional from start to finish and all work was done in a timely fashion. I was previously with a different law firm who were not as informative, and they made me feel like I was a mere money to them. I personally recommend the law offices of Shulman & Hill for any injury/ worker’s compensation case you may have. They strive to get you a maximum reward for your injury, while maintaining the utmost courtesy and professionalism."

Dain J.

Testimonials

Free Case Consultation

Get your free, immediate case evaluation

Consultation
By submitting you agree to our Terms & Privacy Policy.