I represent many healthcare workers in their L&I claim after a work injury. In fact, healthcare work injury occurrences can be very bad. Over time, I learned that healthcare workers face unique hazards in their workplace. This fact applies to all healthcare employees. From doctors to nurses, therapists, counselors, and support staff. Moreover, the safety issues they handle are unlike any other profession.


Caregiving workers

Caregiver refers to a worker that attends to the needs of another person with limitations. These limitations can arise after an injury, illness, or disability. At work, caregivers perform various duties. For example, they assist with mobility, transfers, and attending appointments. They also help to administer medication, change clothes, and household chores. Other examples include changing linens, attending to personal hygiene, and coordinating with a healthcare team.


Sometimes, caregivers work in pairs or teams. However, it’s far more common to find caregivers working on their own. It’s usually just the caregiver and the individual they are caring for.


Caregiver work injury scenarios

The responsibilities of caregivers cover a wide range of tasks. Therefore, they are often susceptible to injury at work. Some common caregiver workplace injuries include:

1) Low back injuries;

2) Neck injuries;

3) Knee injuries;

4) Shoulder injuries;

5) Slip and fall;

6) Hand and wrist injuries;

7) Elbow injuries;

8) Repetitive use injuries;

9) Contact infections and diseases; and

10) Injuries from combative patients.


Tips to avoid workplace injuries

For caregivers, there are several ways to avoid work injury. First, you must know your work environment. When lifting patients, make sure to use proper techniques and poses. Furthermore, take the time to fully assess every situation and possible outcomes. Think before taking actions. It’s also very important to practice good hygiene and wash your hands regularly. Finally, ask for help when you need it!


You cannot avoid all injuries. But you can try. If you get hurt at work in Washington State, you are covered under the Industrial Insurance Act. However, it’s very important to report your injury in a timely fashion. Make sure to document how the injury happened at work. Most importantly, you should seek proper medical attention without delay.