Being a nurse can be gratifying. It can also be hazardous. Many nurses suffer on the job injuries in Lexington, South Carolina and around the state, as a result of patient contact and demanding physical labor. If you are a nurse who was hurt at work, you may be able to obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, and permanent injury. South Carolina’s workers’ compensation laws are intended to protect hard working people, including our health care professionals.
Though her work injury did not occur in South Carolina, we want to share the story of 46 year-old nurse, Loretta Pierce. After years of picking up heavy patients and pushing around any heavier equipment, Ms. Pierce suffered a herniated disk. She knew then that her body may no longer be able to handle the physical demands of nursing.
According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants experience more musculoskeletal injuries than any other profession. Registered Nurses suffer more of these injuries than the average employee.
Despite the heavy weight of some patients, Ms. Pierce claims that she would never decline helping move them. She stated that when you’re part of a team, and a coworker asks for assistance, you don’t think twice – you help.
To reduce injuries, the American Nurses Association spent a year composing national safety standards. 3,000 hospitals have begun implementing them since they were published in June. The Association is also trying to pass a federal bill aimed at workplace safety.
We thank and appreciate all our hardworking nurses. Your commitment to serving others is admirable.
As a dedicated worker’s compensation attorney in Lexington, South Carolina, I would be honored to be of service to those who do so much for others in need. If you are a nurse who was hurt at work, and have questions about workers’ comp, I would be honored to speak with you. Call me at (803) 790-2800.