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What Are the Most Common Workplace Injuries to Nurses?

Written by Ankin Law Office

Nurses and other health care providers often place themselves in harm’s way while in the process of trying to tend to the medical needs of patients. Some of the most common on-the-job injuries for nurses include:

  • Needlestick injuries
  • Cuts
  • Sprains
  • Back Injuries
  • Burns
  • Repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome

Nurses who are injured on the job are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Under Illinois workers’ compensation laws, employers are required to provide workers’ compensation benefits to injured employees regardless of who was at fault for the injury. Depending on the extent of your nursing injury, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides for the following worker’s compensation benefits:

  • Medical expenses, including doctor visits, follow-up visits, physical therapy, and prescription medications.
  • Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits equal to two-thirds of your average gross weekly wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount, if you are unable to work while recovering.
  • Permanent total disability (PTD) or permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits based on a percentage of your pre-injury wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount.
  • In some cases, vocational rehabilitation benefits such on-the-job training, schooling, or job placement assistance.

Although injured nurses are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, employers’ insurance companies do not always promptly pay the required benefits or they may dispute the amount of the claim. An Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer like those at Ankin Law Office, LLC can help protect your legal rights and ensure that you receive full and fair compensation following your nursing injury.

Moreover, we can also help you pursue any third party claims that you may have against a party other than your employer, such as the manufacturer of defective equipment.

If you are a nurse who was injured on the job, contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers.