Unfortunately, nurses are some of the most likely medical personnel to get injured on the job, due to their constant exposure to hazards.
Nurses are always there by your side, ready to provide you with care and comfort. Unfortunately, nurses are also some of the most likely medical personnel to get injured on the job, due to their constant exposure to hazards.
OSHA reports that people from the medical sectors have some of the highest rates of work-related injuries. If you’re a nurse and got hurt or ill while working, you could be entitled to workers compensation.
Here are some of the risk nurses face on a daily basis:
1. Musculoskeletal Injuries
Working overtime and at an alerted pace, as well as the increased physical and psychological demands of a nurse’s work have been linked to various musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. Though they can appear in a variety of ways, the most common symptoms are neck and back pains.
2. Physical/Postural Injuries
Nurses have a very physically and posturally demanding job, with tasks that require heavy lifting and manually handling various heavy elements that can lead to severe back issues. A lot of nurses are at a high risk particularly when they need to handle patient transfers which involve sudden movement in non-neutral postures, increasing the risk of injury to the back.
3. Infectious Diseases
Contacting an infectious disease is a risk not only for nurses working in hospitals, but also nursing homes, institutions for the impaired, prisons, outpatient facilities, and other environments which employ nurses such as schools.
4. Toxic Exposures
Nurses often have to deal with a variety of drugs or substances that over time can greatly affect their health. For instance, one study notes that long-term exposure to waste anesthetic gases in operating rooms or delivery room can increase the chances of renal and hepatic disorders.
Nurses can often be exposed to radiation as part of their work activities, particularly when they are tasked with holding a patient undergoing radiographs. Though hospitals take the necessary precautions to limit radiation exposure, over a long working career it’s possible for it to affect the nurse’s health.
What Do I Do if I’ve Been Injured?
If you’re a nurse working in Missouri, either in a hospital or any other institution that requires your services, you are entitled to workers compensation to cover your medical treatment and days off work.
However, know that these cases can be extremely difficult to process, as you’ll have to prove your illness or injury is a direct cause of your working activities or the environment. Given this fact, it’s in your best interest to contact a workers compensation lawyer for additional help.
They can help build a case showing your situation is eligible for workers compensation by:
- Gathering medical evidence attesting to the facts;
- Talk to witnesses;
- Bring in experts that would prove your claim;
- Negotiate fair compensation.
If you’ve been injured at work, don’t hesitate to call a St. Louis work injury attorney at the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann for guidance. Give us a call 24/7 for a FREE consultation :: (314) 361-4300