Hazards of the Job: Workers’ Compensation for Nurses

February 11, 2016

Nurses are the unsung heroes of the healthcare industry. They are responsible for just about every aspect of patient care, and as such, are exposed to uncountable hazards every day. Nurses are bend, lift, and work with hazardous materials every day, and are at high risk for occupational injuries and illnesses.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, “More workers are injured in the healthcare and social assistance industry sector than any other. This industry has one of the highest rates of work related injuries and illnesses. In 2010, the healthcare and social assistance industry reported more injury and illness cases than any other private industry sector – 653,900 cases.”

Nursing is a high-risk profession

Nurses face a variety of serious health and safety concerns. Though employers are required to maintain a safe work environment, accidents can and do happen. Nurses are commonly (sometimes daily) exposed to the following conditions:

  • Blood borne pathogens from sharps
  • Biological hazards
  • Potential chemical and drug exposures
  • Respiratory hazards
  • Slip, fall, and lifting hazards
  • Lasers, x-rays, and radioactive materials
  • Laboratory hazards

Additionally, OSHA notes that “Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants had the highest rates of musculoskeletal disorders of all occupations in 2010. The incidence rate of work related musculoskeletal disorders for these occupations was 249 per 10,000 workers. This compares to the average rate for all workers in 2010 of 34.”

What to do if you are hurt

When you are injured on the job in a Philadelphia hospital, seek appropriate medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor as soon as possible, and document as best you can all stages of your injury and treatment. This documentation is vital to claiming benefits. Sometimes, even with the best documentation, insurance companies will deny your claim or the seriousness of your injuries. When that happens, having the experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates can be invaluable. We can help get you the compensation you deserve.

When you are injured on the job, you are entitled to compensation for your medical treatment and recovery. If you are a union member, we will work with your union representative to assist you with your claim. However, there is no substitution for skilled and experienced legal representation in your workers’ compensation case. If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, contact us today for a free consultation with a dedicated Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates. We proudly serve clients in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.