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Healthcare Workers and Back Injuries

Healthcare Workers and Back Injuries

Did you know that healthcare workers suffer job injuries to their back and neck in a greater percentage than any other industries? Healthcare workers (such as nurses, certified nurses’ assistants (CNA), physical therapists, 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, as the attached article shows.

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 carriers helping others; if you are a health care worker in Alabama and you have suffered a job-related injury, to your back, neck or otherwise, be sure to take care of yourself. Contact an experienced Alabama Job Injury attorney-call Powell and Denny today.

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