What Kinds of Injuries are Nurses Most At-Risk of Developing on the Job?
March 29, 2018
Healthcare workers, including nurses, perform some of the most important work in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Nurses and nursing assistants deliver vital care and life-saving services to patients in private and public hospitals, nursing homes, medical clinics, and home care situations.
At the same time, nurses are at particular risk for sustaining injuries on the job. The work they performed can be especially physically demanding, and over time, place tremendous stress on the body. There are also situations nurses can encounter on a daily basis that put them at risk for particular injuries.
Nurses in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania dedicate much of their lives to caring for patients. Sometimes, however, when they get injured, they need someone else to take care of them and help them recover. If you have been injured as a nurse on the job PA, it’s important to get in touch with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can help you obtain the benefits to which you are entitled.
Common incidents leading to nursing injuries
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics, over 18 million people work in the healthcare sector in the United States. Some 80 percent of these workers are women. Many of these workers encounter work hazards each day that have the potential to cause injury and illness. Workers in the healthcare field experience a higher level of occupational injury and illness than workers in other industries.
Virtually all workers in the healthcare field, including nurses, encounter risks that increase their chances of incurring an on-the-job injury. Activities performed by nurses and others that can lead to injury include slips and falls, patient handling activities, repetitive stress, overexertion, violence by patients, needle sticks, and inadequate staffing levels.
Common injuries suffered by nurses
Some of the most common types of injuries received by nurses and other healthcare workers include:
- Sprains and strains. According to OSHA, for hospital workers, strains and sprains are the most common types of injuries resulting in days away from work. Due to the type of work nurses perform, they often experience strains and sprains in the lower back and shoulders.
- Bloodborne infectious diseases. Blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV/AIDS can be received and spread through accidental or purposeful needle sticks.
- Slipped discs. Nurses can experience a slipped disc when they lift or transfer patients from one location to another.
- Broken bones. Fractures can occur due to violence in the workplace which may involve conflict with an unruly patient.
- Exposure to bodily waste, mucus, and airborne pathogens can leave nurses vulnerable to contracting infections.
- Head injuries. Slip and falls due to violence or a slick portion of the floor can result in head injuries.
As a nurse, you care deeply about the people you provide care for on a daily basis. You are dedicated to serving patients to the best of your ability. Suffering an injury while attempting to care for others can be difficult. If you are in this position, we encourage you to contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney from our team at Larry Pitt & Associates. We can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, complete our contact form or call us today at 888.PITT.LAW. We offer representation to injured workers throughout Pennsylvania, including Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.