Risk of Injury in the Nursing Industry

Posted: May 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Workers Comp Benefits, Workers Compensation Insurance, Workplace Injury | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

injury-to-nursesWork injuries can happen in any industry. However, some professionals are more likely to experience an injury than others. For example, the construction industry is well known for its high rate of work injuries and fatalities. There is also another high-risk industry – the healthcare field – but it does not receive the same amount of attention as it should. Perhaps this is due, in part, to the reduced risk of immediate fatality from an injury. Whatever the reason for the lack of discussion may be, injuries in the healthcare field deserve recognition.

Nurses Especially Prone to Back Injuries

On any given day, a nurse can lift thousands of pounds. They must move patients, and may even be required to help one up that has passed out or fallen. Rarely is there equipment nearby to help – and even when there is, the situation may be too emergent to wait for the machinery to do its job. So, nurses lift. They bend. They lift and bend, all at the same time. Good body mechanics can help, but it is far from fail-proof.

Long-term work as a nurse, years of lifting and transferring patients, can take a toll on the muscles and structures of the back. A sudden slip of a patient while transferring can suddenly pull a nurse in the wrong direction. Add all of that to several hours (often 12 or more) walking and standing, and it is no wonder that back injuries are one of the most commonly experienced injuries among nurses.

Assault is Surprisingly Common

Assault is yet another common (but often misrepresented) injury risk among nurses. It is most common among those who work within assisted living facilities, such as residential centers for patients with disabilities or the elderly. However, assaults can and do occur in emergency rooms and hospitals as well. Patients who are suffering from a diabetic crash, brain injury, or some sort of illness or injury that changes the way their brain functions could react in ways that are not typical. An example would be attacking someone who is trying to help them, such as their nurse. It is not an overly common occurrence, but it can be severe.

Pursuing Workers’ Compensation After an Injury

If you or someone you love has been injured while working as a nurse, it is important that you seek experienced legal assistance. Not only do you have to worry about the time you may miss healing from the initial injury, but you should also consider its ability to impact your future. Let the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio help you navigate the complex process. Call 630-574-2288 and schedule your free consultation with our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer today.

 

Sources:

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/local/nurse-work-comes-with-injury-risks/article_e134feea-9ce9-5bf9-902e-07ed55767455.html

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3826.pdf


Work Injuries and Painkiller Addiction

Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Workers Comp, Workers Compensation Insurance | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

painkiller-addictionWhile it might seem strange, discussing the opioid crisis with those that have experienced a work injury, it is those that started out with a legal prescription for the pills that are often at risk for addiction. As such, workers who are injured on the job should be adequately informed of their risks. The following information can help you understand how opioid dependency happens, and how you can mitigate against it. You will also learn where to find quality legal assistance with your claim, regardless of where you are at in your treatment.

How Injured Workers Become Addicts

Numerous studies and health reports have examined the root cause behind the opioid crisis in America, which claims more than 33,000 lives per year. What they have determined is that it is not your typical drug addict issue. Instead, the problem often starts with a simple injury – a brain injury, a back strain, or knee cartilage that needs to be replaced. In other words, the drugs are legitimately needed and appropriate at the time the prescription is written.

Unfortunately, the drugs have an addictive effect. Not only do they help to eliminate pain, which can become a trap for the chronically ill or seriously injured, but they also give the taker a general sense of well-being. That can become highly addictive, especially if you have been on them for a while. In fact, the odds of addiction increase greatly if a patient has a second prescription written for opioid painkillers. As such, careful monitoring and awareness should be in place – both on the part of the physician and the injured worker.

Mitigating Your Risk of Addiction

Though there is little that can be done about the pain, those that have a prescription for opioid drugs can reduce their overall risk of addiction with a few important steps. First, one should try to avoid refills, if possible. Second, long-acting opioids have a higher risk of dependency than shorter-acting ones, so try to avoid them. Third, you should have a frank discussion with your doctor about any concerns you might have regarding opioid use and addiction.

You should also know the warning signs of addiction. For example, if you are unable to sleep without the pills, are starting to visit other doctors or seek them out, or become irritable without them, you may have a problem. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Get Help Navigating Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

When you or someone you love is injured on the job, it is important to ensure you have quality legal assistance on your side. After all, you have enough to worry about. Let the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio assist you. Dedicated to your best interests and prepared to fight for you, our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers will stand by you, every step of the way. Schedule your consultation by calling 630-574-2288 today.

 

Source:

http://www.news9.com/story/35051413/what-you-need-to-know-before-taking-opioid-painkillers

 


Returning to Work After an Injury: What Every Injured Employee Should Know

Posted: April 7th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: OSHA Workplace Accident Regulations, Workers Compensation Insurance | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Illinois workers comp attorney, Illinois workers compensation lawyer, When you are injured on the job, it can be devastating on your family’s finances. This remains true, even when you are eligible for workers’ compensation. Sadly, this may encourage you to return to work sooner, and that could potentially jeopardize your health. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to mitigate the risks. The following explains how.

Return Slowly, If You Can

Although returning to work could help you recover from your injury faster, it also places you at risk for injury if you come back to full duty too soon. This is especially crucial to understand if your doctor has told you to only return part time, or on limited duty. So, if you do return to work before you are fully healed, make sure you convey any concerns you have to your employer. Discuss your limitations with them and ask for the accommodations you are entitled to receive.

Know Your Rights

Just as you have the right to only work to the level that you are capable of when you return, you have the right to also continue seeking medical treatment for your injury. Further, you can still claim workers’ compensation for the time you missed at work, and for any time that may continue to lose for doctor appointments or special therapies and/or treatments. Make sure you keep track of your hours of lost work since this will be crucial to ensuring you receive compensation.

You should also know that your employer cannot punish you for claiming workers’ compensation, or for needing time to see your doctor for treatment. If you do feel that you have been wrongfully terminated, demoted, or otherwise punished for a work injury, it is crucial that you contact an experienced attorney for guidance and assistance.

Help for Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

While you can file a workers’ compensation on your own, not seeking legal assistance could increase your risks of a claim denial. Further, those who have representation during the claims process often experience more favorable outcomes. So get the quality counsel you deserve.

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we fight to protect the best interests of our clients. We handle the legal aspects of your case, freeing you up to focus on healing and getting back to work. Whatever your situation, our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers pursue the most favorable outcome possible. To schedule your consultation, call 630-574-2288 today.

 

Source:

http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/ReturnToWork/RTW_Information_pamphlet.jsp