Let’s explore the topic of UTIs in the workplace, including their causes, symptoms, and, most importantly, your rights to compensation if you are affected.
When workplace injuries and illnesses are mentioned, we often think of more physical injuries such as cuts, burns, or broken bones. But what about UTIs? Have you ever thought about the possibility of contracting a urinary tract infection (UTI) at work? Probably not– we bet it’s the last thing on your mind. However, UTIs in the workplace are a reality and shouldn’t be ignored.
Causes of UTI in the Workplace
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are typically caused by bacteria that enter the urethra and multiply in the bladder. These bacteria are sometimes introduced from outside the body. However, certain workplace factors can increase the risk of developing a UTI. These can include:
- Holding your urine for long periods
- Not drinking enough water
- Sharing the bathroom with many people
- And using dirty toilets
How Do You Know You Have UTI?
The symptoms of a UTI can vary from person to person, but the most common symptoms include the following:
- Urinating often and passing small amounts of urine
- A burning feeling when urinating
- A strong urge to urinate that doesn’t go away
- Cloudy, bloody, or very smelly urine
- Pain above the pubic bone
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, seeking medical attention as soon as possible is essential. Delaying treatment can cause the infection to spread to the kidneys, which can cause more severe health problems.
Could Your Job Be the Reason Behind Your UTI?
Specific jobs can increase the risk of developing a UTI. For example, warehousing, construction, and healthcare workers often spend most of their time on their feet with limited bathroom breaks. They must also wear restrictive clothing that can increase the likelihood of infection. In some cases, these employees may need access to clean, private toilets, making it challenging to maintain proper hygiene.
Don’t Wait – Take Action to Protect Your Health and Your Livelihood
A UTI can be more than just an inconvenience; it can be a painful and debilitating condition affecting your ability to perform your job. To protect yourself, drink plenty of water, use clean toilets, and seek medical attention at the first sign of symptoms.
Your employer is responsible for providing you with a clean and safe working environment. Their negligence should not leave you in pain!
We Can Help
At the Law Office of James. M. Hoffman, we’re committed to helping injured workers seek the compensation they deserve and can help you with your case. Our experienced attorneys will guide you through filing a workers’ compensation claim and ensure your rights are protected. Contact us today to get the help you need.