Experience With Workers’ Compensation For Nurses Injured On The Job
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nursing occupations have one of the highest rates of on-the-job injuries. One in five nurses, nursing assistants and personal care aids is getting hurt at work, often suffering severe and potentially career-ending injuries.
Getting hurt at work can be unsettling and leave you worried for the future. At Thill & Freeman, PLLC, we practice exclusively in workers’ compensation. Our attorney understands how insurance companies operate and the pressures that nurses face from employers to return to duty after a workplace injury. We know what is needed to maximize your compensation and protect your livelihood.
Why Are More Nurses Suffering Injuries?
Nurses, certified nursing assistants and orderlies frequently suffer debilitating back injuries in the course of their work. The majority of nursing-related injuries are due to the transfer of patients. Statistics show that patients in hospitals are getting heavier.
Staffing shortages and lack of appropriate equipment mean that more nursing workers are having to move people with little or no assistance. Despite nursing staff receiving training on how to transfer a patient safely, experts know that in some circumstances, there is often no safe way to manually move a patient.
Hospitals, nursing homes and extended care facilities have known about the hazards facing nurses and nursing staff for many years, but are slow to take action to remedy the situation. Until then, more and more nurses will be injured on the job.
The most common injuries are to the lower back, from severe lumbar strains to slipped or herniated disks. Strain from moving patients can cause injuries to the shoulders and arms. Other workplace hazards for nurses include slips, trips and falls, which often result in neck and head injuries, hazardous exposures and injuries from patient assaults.
If an incident happened on the job or if your impairment developed over time from the rigors of your job, you are covered by workers’ comp. Don’t let a supervisor or insurance company talk you out of filing a claim.
How Our Firm Can Help
Our lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to after an injury. A doctor’s business is medicine, not workers’ compensation ratings. As a result, workers are not always evaluated properly, which can further result in awards that are either too low or denied altogether. Attorney Mark Freeman has practiced in workers’ compensation law for over 30 years. He can help you submit your claim properly or he can advocate for you if you have already been denied wage loss benefits or needed medical treatment.
Taking Care Of The Caretakers
From our office in St. Louis Park, we regularly represent nurses and CNAs in Hopkins, Edina, Golden Valley and the West Metro, as well as throughout the Twin Cities and statewide. To schedule a free consultation, call our firm at 952-232-1752 or our use our online form.