Nursing and Healthcare Worker Injuries
Nurses and healthcare workers take care of countless sick, injured, and disabled people throughout Minnesota every day. But these jobs can often put them at risk of developing workplace injuries and illnesses. In fact, Nursing Assistants are injured at work more than any other occupation in the United States.
As a nurse or other healthcare worker, you may be hesitant to seek legal help after your work injury, because you might be afraid of what will happen if your employer finds out. At Fields Law, we’re dedicated to keeping all communication with clients private and confidential, so you can get our advice without worrying.
Our Minnesota Workers Compensation attorneys can give you the information and advice you need to understand your options and move forward with your life after getting hurt at work. Contact us now at 1-888-343-5375 or complete a contact form to get answers to your questions.
Client Success Story
Attorney Kristen Gyolai and our team helped an injured nurse obtain a significant settlement from a large hospital. The client suffered a low back injury at work while transferring a patient from a stretcher to a hospital bed. The client underwent major surgery as a result of this injury, but her back pain persisted.
The hospital and its workers’ compensation insurer sent the client to a physician who provided a statement that the client’s pain was unrelated to her work injury. Despite this physician’s opinion, our staff helped the injured nurse obtain a significant settlement of over $190,000.
Health Risks in the Healthcare Industry
Healthcare worker injuries are on the rise as nurses and nursing assistants continue to be exposed to numerous risks every day, including:
- Back Injuries
Nurses are often subjected to heavy lifting when they move patients manually, which puts them at high risk for back injuries, on a daily basis. In fact, nursing assistants are injured at work more than any other occupation, and registered nurses are in the top 5, according to the Department of Labor.
- Exposure Illnesses
Despite safety precautions, healthcare workers can develop illnesses from contagious patients through contact with their skin, inhaling germ-laden air particles, or even getting stuck by contaminated needles.
- Stress-Related Injuries
Nurses often work long shifts on their feet for 12 hours or more without breaks. Over time, the stress of these shifts can cause pain, disability, and even arthritis to develop in joints throughout the body.
- Slip and Fall Injuries
During shifts, nurses may walk several miles during their rounds. This puts them at high risk of slipping on spills, leaks, or other liquids in the hallways and walkways of hospitals and doctors’ offices.
At Fields Law Firm, we know how important nurses and healthcare workers are. The jobs of nurses and other healthcare workers are vital to protect the well-being of our friends and families, and that’s why we’re here to help. If you work in the healthcare industry and were hurt at work, contact us today.