• Personal Injury

    Have you or a loved one been injured or killed because of someone else's fault? We have litigated personal injury cases for 35+ years and have the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Contact us now and click here to learn more about our successful personal injury practice.


    Personal
    Injury
  • Wrongful Death

    Wrongful death is when a person or company causes the tragic death of a loved one. Our attorneys can help if you have lost someone. Money can never replace what was lost, but it may provide security and help prevent future tragedies caused by dangerous companies and individuals. We have offices in Joplin and Carthage and can handle cases anywhere, anytime: Springfield, Kansas City, Columbia, Jefferson City, Rolla, etc. Contact us now and click here to learn more about BWO's wrongful death practice.


    Wrongful
    Death
  • Medical Malpractice

    We pride ourselves on being strong and successful patient advocates for those who have been injured or killed because of medical error. The prestigious Journal of Patient Safety recently reported that as many as 440,000 people die every year from unnecessary medical mistakes. Although many doctors try their best, they are like everyone else and sometimes make mistakes. When mistakes happen, let BWO's expert patient advocates help you. Contact us now and click here to learn more about our substantial medical malpractice experience.


    Medical
    Malpractice
  • Automobile & Trucking Accidents

    Roadway crashes seriously injure and kill victims every day. If you or a love one has been involved in a car or truck accident, contact the lawyers at BWO today! We have 35+ years of experience to help you get the best result possible.


    Automobile &
    Trucking Accidents
  • Work Place Injuries

    Have you been hurt on the job? If so, you are at the right place because we can help. We are one of the leading Workers' Compensation law firms in the area. We have seen virtually every type of injury there is in our 35+ years of representing hurt workers. Plus, we have the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. We know the law and will work hard to ensure you get the best results possible. Contact us now and click here for more information about work place injuries.


    Work Place
    Injuries
  • Family Law & Divorce

    When you need assistance in the area of family law and divorce, the first thing you should do is call BWO because we can help. We have 35+ years of experience. Our trial attorneys have fought for our clients in almost every courthouse in front of every judge in Southwest Missouri. Contact BWO now and click here to learn more about our law firm's family law and divorce practice area.


    Family Law
    & Divorce
  • Criminal Law

    Buchanan, Williams, & O' Brien has a strong and well-deserved reputation of fighting for the rights of our criminal law clients. We have attorneys that understand the system and know what needs to be done to make sure our client's rights are protected. We have handled all types of criminal law cases and we can help you. Contact us now and click here to learn more about BWO's criminal law practice.


    Criminal
    Law
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Nursing Accidents and Injuries

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

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 40 years. We can help you too!