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What injury risks do nurses face?

On Behalf of | Dec 9, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

Nurses are understandably looked at from the perspective of making people better. However, during this process, they are often given a superhuman-like status. The reality is that despite the hard work they put in, nurses are only human, and they can be hurt both physically and mentally.

What injury risks do nurses face each day at work?

The risk of falling

Nurses form part of the backbone of any medical facility, and they generally always have a steady stream of patients to care for. This means that they might need to move from place to place quickly, and that’s not including when there is an emergency scenario. When moving around so often and quickly, it only takes one trip hazard, spillage or obstacle to cause a nasty trip or fall. The resulting injuries from these incidents can be very serious.

Violent incidents

It’s hard to imagine why anyone would attack someone who is trying to help them, but it does happen. Violent attacks on nurses are rare but still common enough to warrant further discussion. Not all patients will be happy to see nurses, but they still have a duty to provide the best possible treatment. Some patients may be confused and disorientated because of their condition, and this may come out as physical aggression.

Being a nurse is demanding both physically and mentally. If you’ve been hurt on the job, then the last thing you need to worry about is finances. Seeking some legal guidance can help you to obtain workers’ compensation to cover medical bills and help with lost wages.