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


The Most Dangerous Jobs in the US

Posted: February 3rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Workers Comp Benefits, Workplace Injury | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Illinois workers comp lawyer, Illinois workers compensation attorney,Almost any job can result in a work injury, but some have an elevated risk. Often, this elevated risk can be seen in the potential for injury severity. For example, an office worker might be at risk for repetitive motions or slip and fall injuries, but a construction worker is more likely to be crushed by an object or to be struck by one. This means their risk of death is significantly higher than the office worker’s.

Why even examine risk, though? After all, it is not like one can simply leave their field. Yet, what you can do is be informed and educated. This can help you reduce your risk of an injury on the job, and it can ensure you know your rights, should an on-the-job death or injury happen to you or someone you love.

Examining the Most Dangerous Industries

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, senior employees are at the greatest risk of serious death or injury on the job. This is due, at least in part, to their lack of ability to heal as easily as younger workers. As such, any worker over the age of 55 should safeguard themselves against injury as much as possible. Exercise regularly, eat well, and visit your doctor for annual check-ups to ensure all is well.

Other workers who are considered to be at an especially high risk for death while working are fishers, loggers, and aircraft pilots. Specifically, loggers experienced 132 deaths per 100,000 workers. This is far greater than the average population (3.4 deaths per 100,000 workers), but the industry did not lead in the number of deaths experienced in the workplace. That sad and disappointing award when to the truck driving industry and farming industry, which say 885 and 252 deaths, respectively.

Protecting Your Right to Fair Compensation

Employers do not want you to know that you can (and should) obtain legal counsel for an on-the-job injury or wrongful death. That is because it could increase their insurance company’s payout, which could then, in return, hike their insurance rates. Do not let them keep money off of the table. Instead, contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer and fight for the settlement you and your loved ones deserve.

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we understand the struggles you are facing. We know that your family may be struggling financially and that your injuries could potentially prevent you from working anytime in the near future. Fight back against deceptive employers and schedule a consultation with our experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys today.

 

Source:

http://time.com/4624034/most-dangerous-jobs-2015/


Returning to Work after Receiving Workers’ Comp

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Illinois workers comp, Workplace Injury | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Illinois workers' comp attorney, Illinois worker compensation laws, worker protection, Returning to your job after being absent due to a job injury may be a difficult task. Studies show that when a worker is away from their place of employment for a long period of time, it is harder for them to continue their previous duties. However, the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe and welcoming work environment for their returning employee is also a key aspect to making sure everything runs smoothly.

Employer’s Responsibility

One way your employer can make your transition back to work go well is to provide a plan with reasonable accommodations that permit you to get back on track and free from unnecessary pain or discomfort. It is important to complete the plan and establish a mutual  understanding right away so that everyone involved is reassured that you will still be productive and will not be a financial burden for them.

The fear of not being able to return to your job because of the injury you received may be something that happens to you. According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, an employee has the right to return to their old job, even if they require reasonable accommodations so that they can complete the necessary work they performed prior to the accident.

Continue to Get the Medical Care While Working

If you are still in need of medical assistance, your medications and treatments should carry over once you start working again. In some instances, these expenses may be covered by your employer, depending on the specifics of your case. It is important to work with an attorney while dealing with workers’ comp. One reason being that they may be able to pursue noneconomic damages if you are injured from willful neglect. Although this does not happen often and can be an extensive process, a successful claim will show that you have evidence that proves emotional distress as a result of physical injury.

Contact All the Right People

Once you have established a plan with your employer that makes you feel safe at work and after all your medical needs are taken care of, the next step would be to contact anyone else that is involved with your workers’ compensation. This can include your attorney and your insurance company.

If you are returning to work after you have received workers’ compensation, contact Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer, Francis J. Discipio. He has access to a network of medical professionals, as well as the knowledge and resources to help you get through your transition. To schedule a consultation, call the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio at 630-574-2288.

Source:

http://www.iwcc.il.gov/act.pdf