5 Common Work Injuries Among Nurses

by James M. Hoffmann on Nov. 16, 2021

Employment Workers' Compensation Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: Here’s a closer look at five common nursing injuries to help you keep safe.


Working as a nurse can be extremely dangerous. Part of the job includes constant moving, lifting, and pushing patients around on wheelchairs and stretchers, which can strain you and lead to musculoskeletal disorders and serious injuries. Additionally, you stand for long periods, which increases your likelihood of getting spinal problems. Here’s a closer look at five common nursing injuries to help you keep safe.


1.      Overexertion

As a nurse, one of your primary responsibilities is lifting and moving patients. Unfortunately, this repetitive physical effort can cause overexertion injuries such as sprains, strains, and tears.



2.      Falls, Slips, and Trips

Falls, slips, and trips are common among nurses due to hazards such as wet floors, spilled medication, and other walking obstacles.



3.      Accidental Needle Sticks

As a nurse, you likely use needles and surgical equipment on a regular basis, increasing your chances of getting cuts and puncture wounds. This can be dangerous, especially if you are working with contaminated material that could spread diseases.



4.      Injuries from Violence

As a nurse, you are at a higher risk of being violently assaulted by patients with mental health issues or violent criminals placed in the hospital on criminal holds.  Sadly, an altercation with these patients can lead to different injuries, including bruises and fractures.



5.      Injuries due to Hazardous Chemicals Exposure

 Exposure to harmful chemicals is another potential risk that nurses face on the job. Sadly, prolonged exposure to harmful chemicals such as volatile organic compounds, disinfectants, cleaning products, and latex can cause health complications such as acute asthma attacks.



What to do if you have been injured


If you are a nurse and get injured at work, here are several legal options you may consider:


Workers’ Comp Claim: You can generally file for a workers' compensation benefits under your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer. This will help you cover your medical bills and any wages you lose while recovering. 


Personal Injury Claim:  If your injuries are a result of someone else’s negligence besides your employer or a co-worker, you may have a personal injury case.


Regardless of the legal route you take, make sure to discuss your case with an experienced attorney who can help you gather medical evidence to prove the facts about your injuries, collect and analyze witness statements, bring in experts to support your claim, and negotiate fair compensation.



Speak With An Experienced Workers Compensation Attorney

Have you suffered any of the injuries highlighted above? We have an experience of over 25 years of fighting for the rights of injured patient care workers and can help you too. Call the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann 24/7 at (314) 361-4300 for a free case evaluation.

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