Nurses workers’ compensation claims are among the most common workers’ compensation claims. By this measure, hospitals are among the most dangerous places to work as far as work injuries. In fact, nurses are twice as likely to suffer a work in injury than the average private industry worker. Recent reports recorded 58,860 work-related injuries per year in hospitals that caused missed work time.
Nurses are on their feet for long hours helping care people who suffer from illness, diseases and injuries. Nursing is a rewarding job, but it can take a toll both physically and emotionally. Nursing assistants and orderlies suffer injuries at almost three times the rate as construction laborers. Registered nurses have more back and arm injuries than all but four other occupations (according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data) including truckers and workers who lug heavy loads in warehouses. Some of the most common workers’ compensation claims by nurses are back injuries, slip and falls, and needle sticks.
Back injuries are the most common workers compensation injuries suffered by nurses. Nurses are required to move, lift and carry patients on a regular basis (and often at awkward, uncomfortable angles), which leads to back injuries. Overexertion, stress, and repeated heavy lifting can cause injuries such as muscle tears, tendon strains, herniated discs, sprains, and overall soreness. The rising rate of obesity among patients coupled with staffing shortages has put added pressure on nurses, forcing them to lift heavier people, and to work more often than they would have in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the nursing industry reports the highest amount of work-related back pain among female workers. The CDC also states that an estimated 12 percent of nurses leave the profession entirely, citing a back injury as the reason. The method of lifting and moving patients that hospitals and nursing schools have taught for more than a century using “proper body mechanics” is actually dangerous, laboratory studies show. There’s a well-known solution: using mechanical lifts to move patients, much the way heavy machinery is moved on an assembly line. But hospitals around the country routinely choose other funding priorities.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slips and falls occur due to a spill or slick spot on the floor, improper footwear, or just being in a hurry. While sometimes these can leave the victim unscathed, often the fall results in serious work injury, particularly to the knees and ankles. Tendon and muscle strains to the knees and ankles can be very painful and take extensive time to heal, causing a nurse to be unable to work for a prolonged period of time.
Needle Stick Injuries
According to the American Nursing Association, 64 percent of nurses say they experienced a prick by a syringe or needle while on the job. While these pricks may cause a small puncture wound or a little bleeding, that’s not the full extent of the danger. Needle sticks come with serious possibilities of infections and blood borne pathogens if a syringe has been used already. This puts the nurse at risk for HIV and other serious conditions. If you are a nurse injured on the job, give us a call today at 314-862-6865 or 417-623-0900 for a free case evaluation. We have been helping injured nurses for over 30 years. We can help you too!
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