For many years now, the health care industry has been the fastest-growing sector of U.S. employment. Indeed, the health care sector managed to grow even during recent periods of economic recession.

The category of health care workers is enormously broad, including:

  • Physicians, surgeons, osteopaths, and other specialists
  • Registered nurses, LPNs, certified nursing assistants, nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants
  • Phlebotomists, radiologists, and lab technicians
  • Physical therapists
  • Hospital workers, including unionized maintenance, food service, and janitorial staff
  • Nursing home, group home, and residential care workers and supervisors
  • Clinic clerical staff and office workers
  • Dentists and dental technicians
  • Veterinarians and their assistants

It would surprise many to learn that these occupations are at high risk for injury. Yet a 2012 report from the AFL-CIO found that these were among the most risky jobs for nonfatal injuries. The report counted the number of injuries per year for every 100 employees and declared, “The industries with the highest rates of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were nursing and residential care facilities (state government, 15.1 per 100), fire protection (local government, 13.9 per 100), travel trailer and camper manufacturing (private industry, 13.2 per 100), iron foundries (private industry, 12.0 per 100) and hospitals (state government, 11.8 per 100).”

Workers’ compensation: its benefits and limitations

Getting aid from the Bulldog LawyersIf you are a medical or health care worker who has suffered harm in the workplace, get advice from an experienced Pennsylvania work injury attorney. You have the legal right to seek workers’ compensation benefits for any job-related injuries you endured.

Larry Levin and Jay Shor have been fighting for the rights of all employees to get fair recoveries when they are injured at work for over 20 years. We can provide legal advice to any worker whose benefits are delayed, denied, or terminated too early. Contact us today!