Many foreign domestic workers are sleeping on bunk beds in Hong Kong, often due to cramped conditions brought on by extremely high property prices. Sometimes the small, awkward spaces can lead to injuries.
A Filipino domestic worker injured her knee after she woke up in a rush and climbed down from her bunk bed, sunwebhk.com reported.
On January 8, Violy, 50, was sent to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai after her knee got hooked on her bunk bed’s ladder.
At the hospital, Violy needed an operation to remove a blood clot that formed in her wound. After the operation, the doctor told her to return to the hospital for therapy in a couple of days.
When Violy returned, the doctor saw there were still some blood clots in the wound and told Violy she needed another operation to remove them.
After the second operation, the doctor gave Violy one-week sick leave. Her employer, who was worried about her, constantly reminded her to rest and be careful.
According to the law, employers are required to cover all medical expenses if their domestic workers are injured or infected with diseases during their stay period in the territory. Government officials have frequently reminded employers to buy insurance to cover their helpers’ medical expenses.