ATTACK AT HOSPITAL WITH MEDICAL WORKERS STABBED: INJURED WORKERS IN THE NEWS # 40

Headlines reported that Encino Hospital Workers were attacked a stabbed by an Attacker.  These workers were reportedly in critical condition.  Dailymail.com

This article will discuss the immediate concern on this matter.

What Is the Major Concern with This Incident? 

Given the facts and the assumption that the same knife was used in the attack each victim, it is likely that the workers may have been exposed to each others blood.   Thus, a long term issue is the concern with respect to this injury is whether the workers were exposed to a  Blood Borne Illness.  Blood Borne Illnesses include Malaria, Syphilis, and Brucellosis, and Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV) and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).  As such, treatment and monitoring for these illnesses would be part of the work injury protocol.  Thus, besides treating the Injured Workers  wounds and likely psychological injuries, an additional Internal Medicine Program will be included to provide prophylaxis treatment as well as testing and monitoring for blood borne pathogens.

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MUSEUM WORKERS STABBED BY CUSTOMER: INJURED WORKERS IN THE NEWS, #21

Museum Workers at the New York Museum of Modern Art were viciously attacked by a Customer.  The customer leaped over a counter and proceeded to stab two  24 year old employees with a knife.  The individual believed to have stabbed the individuals had an address which provided housing for homeless and those living with hiv or aids. dailymail.com

From the museum video, it would appear that each worker was stabbed with the same knife.

This incident raises the issue of blood borne diseases.  The story reports that the attacker lived at a facility that is dedicated to people with human immunodeficiency virus.

Why Do These Facts Matter?

Blood Borne Diseases are included to be claimed within California Workers’ Compensation. Thus, treatment and compensation for these conditions contracted industrially are to be provided.  In museum stabbings,  it would appear medically indicated that both of these workers be treated for stab wounds as well as receive work-ups for any blood borne illnesses.   Should a blood borne disease be caused by the stabbing, i,e, hiv or hepatitis, the individual would be able to make a claim for the injury.

A Blood Borne Disease Designation, in Workers’ Compensation,  can afford additional benefits to Injured Workers in the form of  total temporary disability benefits.  Per LC 4656, an Applicant is entitled to up to 240 week during a period from five years from the date of injury for cases of acute and chronic hepatitis b, acute and chronic hepatitis, and human immunodeficiency virus, hiv. This is in contrast with 104 week limitation for most claims.

What If I Need Advice?

If you would like a free consultation regarding workers’ compensation, please contact the Law Offices of Edward J. Singer, a Professional Law Corporation. We have been helping people in Central and Southern California deal with their workers’ compensation cases for 27 years. Contact us today for more information.

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