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Workers' Comp for Hospital Worker Injury & Illness

Doctors, nurses, healthcare specialists, and any other hospital staff member can be subjected to a workplace hazard not seen in many other professions: pervading and dangerous illnesses. Hospital management must be careful to supply all hospital workers with appropriate training and precautionary tools to avoid infection and the spreading of disease. Otherwise, any worker in the hospital – from a surgeon to a clerk to a janitor – is put in unfair risk and may fall ill.

If you work at a hospital and were injured or stricken ill, you should consider filing for workers’ compensation to make up for any time you needed to take off work to recover. Our Oakland hospital workers injury lawyers at Pacific Workers', The Lawyers for Injured Workers are here to make this process easy for you by providing trusted legal counsel and guidance. If you did file a claim but got denied, we are also primed to fight for your rights through an appeal.

Talk to our team today by calling (888) 740-6434 and asking for a free consultation.

Proving Your Illness Came from Your Workplace

Workers’ compensation claims filed due to a workplace injury may sometimes be straightforward when it comes to proving that the injury happened at work, as eyewitnesses or security footage can witness the event clearly. Workplace illnesses that afflict hospital staff members are a different story altogether. Pinpointing where the illness originated can be difficult, especially if an ill worker does not get diagnosed right away.

To help prove that your illness originated from the hospital you work in, consider using:

  • Hospital patient records that show illness outbreak
  • Your itinerary that shows you worked with or around sick patients
  • Your health records to show you did not have this illness before
  • Any evidence that indicates a lack of safety standards at the hospital

With the eyes of our Oakland workers’ compensation attorneys on your case, we can put our minds together to try to determine what evidence is useful for your claim in case it is denied or delayed. Our goal is contesting the denial readily and achieving a fast victory so you spend as little time as possible not knowing if you will be compensated for your losses or not.

Other Hospital Worker Injuries

In addition to unusual or persistent illnesses, a hospital worker may be harmed through other means. Strict safety regulations must be maintained at the hospital to protect people from accidents. This is quite important considering that neglect could feasibly also harm a patient at the hospital.

Depending on their role at a medical clinic, a hospital worker could be injured by:

  • Slips and falls
  • Back injury from lifting heavy objects
  • Lacerations from sharp utensils
  • Electrocution from frayed wiring

No matter the type of injury and whether or not you are to blame for your accident, you still deserve workers’ compensation to cover your expenses while you recuperate. Liability is not considered a factor in workers’ comp claims unless there is ample evidence to suggest the injured worker was intentionally trying to be hurt.

We Offer Free Consultations & Contingency Fee Agreements

If your workers’ compensation claim was already denied after you got hurt as a hospital worker and an appeal is not possible, you can find some confidence to move your case forward in knowing that we do not expect payment for our services out of your own pocket.

When we take a case in pursuit of a settlement or jury award, it is through contingency fee agreements, which means you only pay our attorney fees if we win your case. Plus, we offer free case evaluations so you can learn if your claim has legal validity without paying upfront for our time. It is all part of putting the clients’ needs first and foremost.

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Workers' Comp FAQ

  • Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?

    In California, all employees are eligible for workers’ compensation with very few exceptions. If you are classified as an “employee” (rather than an “independent contractor”), you are eligible to receive benefits. This is true regardless of how many employees your employer has, how many hours you work, how much you make, whether you work part-time or full-time, or whether you are a seasonal worker. Additionally, undocumented workers are also eligible for workers’ compensation granted they meet all other eligibility requirements. In contrast, independent contractors and certain other workers, including some volunteers, household workers who are employed by a family member, and others, are not able to file for workers’ compensation benefits.

  • Can't I Just File for Workers' Compensation on My Own?

    Filing for workers' compensation on your own increases the chances that your claim will be denied. One small misstep can prevent you from obtaining the compensation you need for your injuries. In addition, the process is usually complex and tedious, especially for someone with no workers' compensation law experience. It is extremely advantageous that you seek reliable and experienced legal guidance for your claim.

  • What Can I Expect from the Workers' Compensation Process?

    As soon as you reach out to us for help, we will assign you a full-time case manager and attorney. An application will be filed with the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) on your behalf. We will get started on your case immediately to help you receive the medical care you need. If we are unable to receive a fair settlement from the insurance company, we are ready and willing to take your case to trial. After a few months, you will most likely give a deposition. One of our highly experienced attorneys will prepare you and stand at your side the entire time. You don't even have to attend court hearings! One of our trained hearing officers or attorneys can attend on your behalf.

  • Can My Employer Tell Me to Use Sick Time or Vacation/Personal Time off (PTO) If I’m Injured at Work?

    Following a work-related injury, you may not receive workers’ compensation benefits right away or your workers’ compensation claim may be denied. You may receive a note from your doctor that you may take time off work due to your injuries, but how will you be paid if you are not actively seeking workers’ compensation benefits? Your employer may tell you to use your state-mandated/employer-provided sick time in order to continue being paid while you are out of work. Once this sick time is exhausted, your employer may tell you that the only way you can continue to be paid is if you use your vacation or PTO time. In some cases, this may actually be the only way to continue receiving wages while you are out of work and not receiving workers’ compensation benefits. For more information, check out our video with Attorney Bilal Kassem on this topic by visiting our Facebook page!

  • Can I Get Workers’ Compensation If I Was Fired?

    If you were terminated while already receiving workers’ compensation benefits, this does not necessarily affect your right to receive benefits. However, if you were terminated “for cause” (for example, if you were fired because you were caught stealing from your employer), you will not be able to continue collecting benefits. If you were not fired for cause, but were laid off due to your position being terminated or various other reasons, you may still be able to continue collecting your workers’ compensation benefits. If you believe you were terminated because you filed for workers’ compensation or because you were hurt at work, you may have grounds for a retaliation claim. Learn more, including whether you can continue receiving workers’ compensation benefits if you were laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic, see our video with Attorney Bilal Kassem on our Facebook page.

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