Maximizing Compensation For Nursing Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nursing is an occupation with 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 the challenges that injured workers face when dealing with insurance companies. We know how they operate, and we know what is needed to maximize our clients’ compensation.
Why Are More Nurses Suffering Injuries?
You know, as a nurse, that accidents can happen at any time. Nurses, 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.
Understaffing And Lack Of Equipment Contribute To Risks
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. Injuries may include slipped or herniated disks. But back injuries are not the only injuries. Strain from moving patients can cause injuries to the shoulders and arms. Other hazards include slips, trips and falls, which often result in neck and head injuries.
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.
Contact Us Today
From our office in St. Louis Park, we represent clients in Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota. To schedule a free consultation regarding your nursing accident, call our firm at 952-232-1752 or our use our online form.