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Pol. Merkur. Lek (Pol. Med. J.), 2016, XL/235: 070-074

Title: Accidents at work in the health care – legal aspects in Poland 

Authors: Szereda K, Szymańska J. 

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Accidents at work in the health care – legal aspects in Poland


Szereda K1, Szymańska J2.

1Social Insurance Company (ZUS), Branch Office in Lublin, Poland; 2Chair and Department of Pedodontics, Medical University of Lublin, Poland

An accident at work is a sudden event caused by external circumstances that occurred in relation to work. Referring to the current legislation, the Supreme Court judgments and the opinions contained in publications, the authors discuss the legal aspects of selected accidents: needle stick injuries, cuts with other sharp tools, heart attacks and strokes among health professionals and social workers in Poland. It has been stressed that defining rigid criteria that allow for stating unequivocal work – accidents relationships would be difficult or even impossible. Especially in the case of medical personnel the long-term and negative impact of stress on health is significant, and thus the occurrence of work accidents – heart attack or stroke.

Key words: accident at work, health care workers, law, Poland

Pol Med J, 2016; XL (235); 70–73