01 Aug

Common Injuries for Doctors

Common injuries experienced by doctors is not a topic that is discussed often, but the fact is that doctors are susceptible to a number of injuries from work as well as day-to-day life. Doctors are human after all, and therefore are just as likely to deal with illnesses, injuries, and more. In some cases, doctors will even continue to work rather than taking the necessary time off to recover.

Most Common Injuries for Doctors

Based on information gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most common healthcare accidents that require days off work include overexertion, falls, violence, substance exposure, and contact with objects. These injuries can vary in severity.


Within the healthcare industry, overexertion or bodily reaction can happen far too easily. While doctors may be less likely to lift, move, or reposition patients, it’s still possible to occur with the potential consequence of overexertion. In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that overexertion injuries were twice as likely to happen for hospital workers than for other full-time workers in other industries.

Falls: Slips and Trips

Another very common injury for doctors is a fall resulting from a slip or a trip. These injuries are often caused by spilled water or other liquids that create a slippery walking surface. But damaged flooring or loose cords, wires, and tubing can also cause trips and falls. These falls can result in bruising, strains, and possible bone fractures.


Unfortunately, doctors and other healthcare professionals face the possibility of being assaulted while on the job. This can be anything from verbal threats to physical attacks. Medical professionals may face attacks from patients, upset family members, coworkers, and even intruders in some cases. The injuries from violence can not only be physically damaging but also emotionally traumatic.

Substance Exposure

Throughout the workday, doctors and healthcare professionals are constantly surrounded by airborne pathogens, bacteria, and other germs. They can also experience bloodborne infectious diseases when they come in contact with blood. While not specifically injuries, the effects of these diseases can cause injury to the bodies of healthcare professionals.

Contact with Objects

Sharp objects within healthcare facilities are part of the job, which means that healthcare workers are especially prone to experience an accidental puncture wound or cut. From surgical instruments to needles to broken glass, sharp objects are a reality and cause injuries. This type of injury can be particularly scary since a used needle may be contaminated with deadly infections.

Doctors often struggle to admit to a workplace accident or injury because it’s much easier to be in the role of caretaker. However, a workplace accident or injury can affect a doctor’s ability to care for patients. Therefore, it’s important to file for workers’ compensation or make a personal injury claim.

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