When an injury at work affects your finances, family and day-to-day life, we are here to assist you.
Have You Suffered An Injury As A Healthcare Assistant?
We all know how shocking it can be when experiencing an injury during work. It is unlikely that the injury was expected and you may not fully realise all the dangers involved when completing daily work tasks, such as lifting and moving your patients.
As a healthcare assistant, we understand that you will spend a great deal of time on your feet. The work can be tiring and there is little time to relax or rest. Based on this, an injury can mean that you will need to take time off to recover and this can have an influence on your financial circumstances leaving you feeling as if you have lost all independence.
It is easy to blame yourself when experiencing an accident at work or accept the injury as a side-effect of your role. However, it is the legal duty of all employers to ensure you are safe when performing tasks. If you have experienced injuries based on their negligence, such as not being offered the correct equipment or training, then we can assist you in making a claim for the affects your injury has had on you, your financial situation and your family.
You can discuss the case with us by contacting our company at 0808 164 9153 for a free conversation. We will listen to all you have to say and will let you know whether there is a base for a claim. All calls are free and confidential, and there is no obligation to make a claim after contacting us.
What Are The Causes Of Healthcare Assistant Injuries?
We understand that it can feel unfair if you experience an injury at work, particularly if your duties are to help patients. While the majority of jobs carry a degree of injury risk, it is vital that the employer follows specific health and safety regulations to ensure that all staff members remain safe. As a healthcare assistant, most injuries are incurred when lifting or moving patients.
If lifting and moving patients is part of your job, then you need to be provided with the correct equipment, such as slide sheets, transfer boards, or hoists. Furthermore, there needs to be a suitable number of staff for you to lift and move the patient securely.
Injuries experienced as a result of lifting patients can occur suddenly or can develop gradually over an extended length of time. If you have been provided with incorrect training or no training on how to lift patients securely, then repeating the task continuously each day will eventually result in a painful workplace injury.
Healthcare assistant injuries can also be a result of falls, slips and trips due to spillages or obstacles. It is also possible that you are attacked by a violent patient and experience an injury. No person deserves to be injured at work and this is why we are here to help provide free assistance letting you know whether or not you have a claim for negligent injuries.
It is also possible for healthcare assistants to experience injuries from contaminated sharp objects, such as needles or scalpels, and this can place you at the risk of contracting blood viruses. This particular type of injury is known as a ‘sharps injury’ or a ‘needlestick injury’ and can result in life-changing infections including HIV/AIDS, tetanus or hepatitis.
To avoid any sharps injury, it is essential that all sharp objects be disposed of effectively and safely. Moreover, employees need to be trained in how to utilise these objects and handle them properly. If you have experienced a sharps injury, then we give our condolences. While we cannot remove what you have experienced, we can assist you to make a serious injury claim that will help pay treatment and recovery expenses.
Read more about needlestick or sharps injury claims here.
What About Compensation?
Accidents experienced by healthcare assistants will often result in shoulder pain, back pain and neck pain, leaving you unable to work until you have recovered. In some cases, it may be necessary to find a new job because the injury does not heal correctly.
If you have received reduced pay when off work, this may mean you are unable to pay regular expenses such as rent and utility bills; furthermore, you may not be able to support your family if you have one. It should also be noted that the physical pain of a workplace injury can result in you not being able to partake in hobbies or sports, and this can influence your social life. You may not be able to drive a car, which can make you feel dependent on others and increase feelings of isolation.
This is why our specialist solicitors take note of all the influence your injury has when making a healthcare assistant’s claim. The factors can include financial expenses, such as medical treatment and lost earnings or travel costs and accommodation expenses. The solicitors will also look at your level of physical suffering with the effects on your family and friends.
Unfortunately, compensation will not remove the injury but it can make the situation less stressful and offer you time to concentrate on the recovery.
How Do You Claim Against An Employer?
The majority of people who contact us feel concerned or uncomfortable about making an injuries claim against their employer as they believe they will be treated differently or fired. However, it is against the law for any employer to treat you differently to other staff members or fire you if you file for injury compensation. If the employer dismisses you because of the claim, then this can be considered an unfair dismissal and you will be able to take legal action against the company.
It is essential that you remember making a claim can help highlight the hazards in a workplace so that changes can be made. This will help assure your colleagues and the patients avoid being injured in the same fashion as yourself.
Discover more about making compensation claims against an employer here.
How Do I Know If I Can Make A Healthcare Assistant’s Claim?
It can be difficult to determine if the accident at work was another individual’s fault or your own. Many people will wrongly think that the accident is their fault and do not realise that the employer or other person is liable.
The best method to determine whether or not someone else is to blame for the workplace accident is to contact our company at 08 456 1053. This number will connect you to legally trained advisors for a free chat where we will listen to what you have to say regarding your experience and help you understand the possibility of a claim. We are also happy to respond to any queries in a stress-free environment, and if you decide to proceed with the claim we will put you in touch with a specialist solicitor who can guide you through the claims procedure.
If you are not prepared to contact us, it is likely you could make a compensation claim if:
• The accident occurred in the last three years
• The accident was another person’s fault or as a result of negligence
• You experienced an injury because of the accident
• If the injury was caused over a long period, you tend to have three years from the time you realised you were injured