As a healthcare worker, you face many risks while on the job. One of those risks, though it is a rarity, is the threat of contracting HIV/AIDS through contact with a patient. Understandably so, this can change your life in an instant.
Here are some of the ways this can happen:
- Poor safety training
- Improper use of latex gloves
- Incorrect labeling of disposal containers
- Poor handling of needles or other sharp instruments
- Insufficient hand washing
- Failure to use goggles in dangerous situations
Whatever way it happens, you have a right as a healthcare worker to make a workers’ compensation claim if you contract HIV or any other serious disease while on the job. Occupational exposure is an urgent medical issue and needs to be managed immediately after contraction.
How to File a Workers’ Comp Claim
Filing a workers’ comp claim in this situation can be tricky because the medical expenses associated with HIV/AIDS care are very expensive. You will have to prove beyond a doubt that the disease was contracted while on the job, which means the medical records and claim paperwork need to be thorough and filed properly. In addition, it’s vital to have the best legal representation on your side to fight any denials or appeals on your behalf.
This is where Thomas F. Martin comes in. Thomas is an experienced attorney who specializes in California workers’ compensation cases, which means he and his team know what it takes to properly file claims and handle all legal issues throughout the process. This ensures you get the coverage you deserve and the best possible outcome for your claim.
The Importance of Being Careful
The good news is that job-related HIV cases are extremely rare. Only 58 confirmed occupational transmissions of this disease have ever been reported, along with 150 possible transmissions in the United States. That means employers and employees are taking great precautions to prevent transmissions from happening.
With that being said, it’s important to do everything you can to stay safe on the job. Always remember to follow specific safety procedures, wear proper safety equipment, always wash your hands thoroughly and be very careful when handling any potentially contaminated items.
If you are a healthcare worker and do contract HIV or any other disease while on the job, contact the law office of Thomas F. Martin today for the best in workers’ compensation representation in Southern California.