The hospital environment is full of hazards that are not immediately apparent to the casual visitor. However, nurses and orderlies suffer a wide variety of injuries, some of which are severe enough to end their careers. According to NPR, nursing has one of the highest occupational injury rates.
If you or a loved one works in the healthcare industry and suffered from a work related injury, an Odessa workers’ comp attorney can examine your case and advise you on your legal options.
Common Nursing Injuries in the Healthcare Field
- Musculoskeletal injuries. Nurses and their orderlies do a lot of lifting in their jobs. Patients are routinely lifted or repositioned in their beds or given support when walking or getting up out of chairs. Unlike workers in manufacturing environments, the nurse has little access to lifting devices such as hoists. Sometimes nurses are forced to lift while in awkward positions and don’t always have time to get help such as when a patient is about to fall. Patients often weigh well over one hundred pounds and are difficult to handle. Injuries often occur to the shoulder, neck, and lower back.
- Slip and fall injuries. Water and other fluids are sometimes spilled on the floor which create a slip and fall hazard. Nurses in nursing homes may fall while helping residents take a shower because they are holding the person up while standing on a slippery floor.
- Repetitive stress injuries. Degenerative injuries such as carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, or degenerative joint problems may occur as the result of repeated motions made over the course of years. For example, helping patients sit up in bed involves use of the same muscles, and stresses the same joints in the arms and wrists repeatedly.
- Infections and blood-borne diseases. Cuts on the fingers and hands are exposed to pathogens associated with bodily waste. Handling needles risk exposure to diseases such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.
Contact us at CHILDS BISHOP & WHITE P.C if an insurance claim will not cover the expenses of recovery from your injury or for any work injury related inquiries.