Hazardous Medical Waste Technicians Can Claim Workers’ Compensation Benefits

April 1, 2016

Philadelphia has a lot of hospitals and doctors’ offices, which means it produces a lot of hazardous medical waste. HAZMAT employees have one of the most difficult jobs out there, but for the people who get rid of medical HAZMAT, the risks are even higher. If you sustain an injury while cleaning our hazardous medical waste from a Philadelphia hospital, doctors; office or clinic, you may be able to claim workers’ compensation benefits.

The dangers of medical HAZMAT removal

When we throw trash away, it usually ends up at transfer center, where employees divide it into one of three categories: recycle, incinerate, bury (as in, in a landfill). Medical waste is different, because it has to be inspected piece by piece to make sure that nothing hazardous gets into the land or the water. For every ripped up prescription pad or piece of excess paper, there is a bag of used needles, human fluid samples or a used glove.

Medical HAZMAT workers are the people who sort through this trash. The process of sorting puts them in danger of:

  • Touching toxic chemicals
  • Finger pricks form used needles
  • Exposure to toxic medications
  • The spread of infectious disease
  • Exposure to radioactive materials

Workers can suffer burns, cuts and lacerations, and poisoning if they are not properly protected, or if the facility does not maintain safety standards. Transport workers are also at risk while taking the waste form one site to another. They could be injured in a car accident, or be exposed to the toxins if they are not packaged correctly and securely for transport.

Your options after an injury

If you are a medical HAZMAT worker in Philadelphia, workers’ compensation can help you protect yourself and your family after you are hurt on the job. At Larry Pitt & Associates, we help you through the process of collecting those benefits by:

  • Filing your initial claim
  • Collecting and documenting your medical records, and working with your doctors
  • Representing you during an administrative hearing
  • Filing an appeal if you initially tried to claim benefits on your own, or with the help of someone else

If you are not considered an employee, you may not be eligible for workers’ comp – but that doesn’t mean you’re out of options. We can file a third party claim on your behalf to help you get the assistance and money you need.

Medical HAZMAT removal and transport can be dangerous. When you sustain an injury or develop a medical condition in the course of your job duties, Larry Pitt & Associates will fight for your future and your family’s future. We proudly serve Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties; contact us today for a free consultation.