Healthcare Workers and Back Injuries
Did you know that healthcare workers suffer more musculoskeletal injuries than workers in any other industry? Healthcare workers (such as nurses, certified nurses’ assistants (CNA), physical therapists, orderlies etc) know this, but most workers think that people who work in construction or manufacturing suffer the most back injuries, but they would be incorrect, and if you think about what our Healthcare professionals do (spending the majority of their days on their feet, having to reacts quickly, twisting and turning and lifting heavy objects-including patients), it makes sense.
Through the years my partner and I have represented many nurses, certified nursing aides, technicians, etc. in workers’ compensation cases where they suffered traumatic back injuries while assisting a patient out of the bathroom, or trying to assist them take a shower or some similar activity which their job requires countless times a day, so we were not shocked by this information, but we were surprised to find out that according to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2000 healthcare industry workers sustained 4.5 times more work related back injuries than any other industry. According to government statistics, six of the top 10 professions at the greatest risk for back injuries were: certified nursing assistants (CNA), licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, health aides, radiology technicians and physical therapists.
In the United States, back injuries account for approximately 24% of all on the job injuries, and a large number of these of injuries happen to health care workers such as certified nursing assistants (CNA), licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, health aides, radiology technicians and physical therapists.
Healthcare workers spend their entire career helping others; if you are a health care worker in Alabama and you have suffered a job-related injury, to your back or otherwise, be sure to take care of yourself. If you work in the healthcare industry, you have suffered a job injury and your have questions about your right to Alabama Workers Compensation benefits, don’t hesitate to contact and talk with one of the experienced Alabama Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Powell and Denny today for a free consultation; and remember, virtual appointments are available via Zoom to better protect you from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Healthcare Workers and Back Injuries