“…more than inconvenient; these injuries are often life altering and career ending.”
The American Nursing Association (ANA)
The Nursing Injury lawyers at Seaton and Lohr in Dover, New Hampshire have been proudly serving nursing employees of New Hampshire in workers’ compensation for over 30 years. Through our representation of health care workers we have been in a position to observe first hand the changing nature of nursing work that has led to an environment of unsafe conditions. Workers at hospitals or other health care facilities have seen a dramatic rise in on-the-job injuries causing nursing work to become one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Nursing employees experience injuries at far higher rates than workers in law enforcement, construction, mining and manufacturing.
Health care workers are suffering on-the-job injuries at epidemic levels nationwide simply by doing the work they do every day. Whether it is an injury to the wrist or hand, a rotor cuff tear, a herniated disc, broken bones or a traumatic brain injury these work injuries among nursing employees are varied and occur often in the hospitals, health care facilities and other work sites of health care workers.An Epidemic of Injuries for nursing employees
Several factors have contributed to the epidemic of nursing injuries:
Auto Workers have more protection against injuries than nursing employees.
Hospital patients are sicker and weigh more than the patients of 20 years ago. With 70% of adults overweight or obese and the rise of out-patient clinics, those patients who are in hospitals are the most in need of round-the-clock care.
Added to the problem is the repetitive nature of the work. Repeated patient handling is the single greatest risk factor for overexertion of health care workers and leads to debilitating musculoskeletal injuries. These are injuries to bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves and cause significant and chronic pain to health care workers in the tens of thousands.
A health care worker in a hospital or health care facility attempting to lift and move a 300 lb. patient first attempts to lift the patient’s leg of 60 to 70 lbs. The same health care worker can repeat this repositioning, lifting or moving a patient anywhere from 10 to 20 times a day and explains why the injury rate for nursing employees is as high as 6 times the national average.
Did you know that auto workers in America are forbidden to lift more than 35 lbs in order to protect their backs? No such limitation exists for nursing employees who frequently lift far heavier loads and do so multiple times throughout their work day. https://www.osha.gov/
The nursing injury lawyers of Seaton and Lohr have seen first hand the suffering, financial worries and mental anguish of our clients, the New Hampshire health care workers, who have been injured while doing their job. There is the injury itself with the thought of possible surgery and the excruciating pain that often accompanies injuries of workers in hospitals or health care centers. As an injured nursing employee you may be wondering about being able to continue to provide for yourself and your family, worried about when and if you will be able to return to work, or whether you can continue to do the same work or even be able to work at all. These and many other questions and concerns may be weighing you down
The New Hampshire Nursing Injury lawyers at Seaton and Lohr are here to help you return to your job if and when you are physically able, compensated for your injuries, and lost wages you may have experienced. We welcome all of your questions and will be glad to discuss any concerns that you may have; we want to help you and we believe we can help you. Call us for a free consultation at (603) 743-3302 or (603) 749-ATTY (2889). You may also contact us through e-mail.