Healthcare Workers’ Exposure to Infectious Diseases

With the dangers of Swine Flu on the minds of everyone, but perhaps especially the minds of those workers in the healthcare industry, this article from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) may be of interest. Ironically, this article was posted on March 31, 2008, long before the current Swine Flu pandemic.

Raising this issue also brings to light that a healthcare worker in Pennsylvania who is stricken with an infectious disease as a result of his or her job is entitled to PA workers’ compensation benefits. We often see this type of case with Clostridium Difficile Colitis (C-Dif), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), and other infectious diseases which are known to exist in hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.

If you suspect you have caught an infectious disease as a result of performing your job duties in PA, it is critical that you contact an experienced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney.