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Nurses are who people count on when they get hurt or sick, but their duties put them at high risk for on-the-job injuries each and every day. Whether these are avoidable or inevitable, workers’ compensation typically covers many of the costs.
Here are a few facts about nursing injuries.
Frequency of nursing injuries
Nurses suffer injuries frequently while doing their daily work tasks. A special series on injured nurses by NPR showed that nurses suffer more than 35,000 back and other injuries every year, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The article went on to say that nurses suffer three times as many back injuries as construction workers.
The statistics are undeniable: Nurses are at a high risk for on-the-job injuries that can seriously impair their ability to earn a living. Injuries often result in missed days of work and subsequent lost wages, not to mention high medical bills that can present additional financial difficulties. The problems can quickly compound themselves resulting in a very stressful and overwhelming situation.
Where to turn
The important thing to understand when it comes to nursing injuries on the job is that there are resources and help available. The employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should provide coverage for damages and a portion of lost wages. Insurance companies, however, are often quite difficult to deal with, and it can prove difficult to get the compensation needed and deserved for pain and suffering, missed work, lost wages and disability.
Many nurses who have suffered on-the-job injuries have sought the professional advice and counsel of a personal injury lawyer. Often a consultation is free of charge and can help individuals understand the options available in terms of possible compensation for the injury. Nurses who have suffered injuries while caring for patients may wish to contact a personal injury attorney for more information about how to proceed.