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


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


New Illinois Law: Employee Leasing Company Act

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Illinois workers comp | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Illinois workers comp attorney, Illinois workers compensation lawyerAs the new year begins, it brings a number of new laws to the state of Illinois. The governor has approved House Bill 6225 to be implemented at workplaces starting early January 2017. The new worker’s comp law allows small businesses or places or employment that partner with outsourcing companies to maintain its own worker’s compensation insurance. It is beneficial to understand that injured workers are entitled to workers compensation for medical their bills and lost wages.

What does this mean for me?

If you lease out your business or are a lessee of a business building, the owner of that building and the people leasing the building must have some sort of leasing arrangement between them regarding worker’s comp insurance. They will not have to worry about keeping certain records filed. Both may provide workers’ comp insurance coverage for under a leasing arrangement.

What steps are there to take for the lessee and lessor?

As soon as the person leasing provides workers’ compensation coverage for their leased employees under the employee leasing arrangement that they have created, the lessor can then notify the Department of Insurance to make sure that proper and timely notification of their coverage to the Department.

How does this affect Illinois workers compensation?

The update to Illinois law regarding workers’ compensation may affect how businesses can provide safety for their employees. There a many ways that an employee can be injured in a workers’ comp case and some may not even be aware of how to go about getting insurance or filing a claim. There could be times with job-related injuries are not as obvious as one may think. It is important to keep in mind that if an employee has a pre-existing injury that they can use workers’ comp as well. Whether the injury takes place at a construction accident or if you already have a developed a condition due to stress stressing, having workers’ comp insurance extremely beneficial to have.

If you or someone that you know has been injured on the job and is receiving workers’ comp and would like to learn more about the employee leasing company act that was recently implemented, please contact the experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. If you wish to speak with someone please call 630-574-2288 or visit may visit our website as well for more information.

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocTypeID=HB&DocNum=6225&GAID=13&SessionID=88&LegID=9576