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Why do so many nurses get hurt on the job?

On Behalf of | Sep 7, 2017 | Workers' Compensation |

Any Denver resident who has ever spent time in a hospital knows how valuable and important nurses are to the functioning of a medical center. They provide direct care to many patients throughout their shifts, maintaining the courses of treatment prescribed by the patients’ doctors and monitoring those under their care for changes in their health and wellness. Nurses are on the front lines of providing ailing individuals with the support they need to improve, and unfortunately, all of that attention often results in injuries and harm to nursing professionals.

In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that registered nurses rank sixth on the list of all professions to suffer strains during the course of their work. This is due, in large part, to the responsibility of nurses to move patients in order for those individuals to receive medical treatment. Nurses may move patients from beds, chairs, bathrooms, and other locations, often using their own strength to support those under their care, and through repetitive motion, often causing musculoskeletal injuries in their own bodies.

Though much research has been done to improve lifting techniques and education among nursing professionals to prevent straining injuries, nurses continue to suffer significant injuries to their necks and backs. These injuries can be debilitating and cause nursing professionals to lose time from their jobs and the pay that accompanies their work hours.

Individuals who suffer injuries while doing their jobs can often pursue financial recompense through workers’ compensation claims. Readers who have suffered physical harm and who are employed in the nursing field are encouraged to discuss their losses with workers’ compensation attorneys to assess their opportunities for seeking monetary assistance.



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