According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
An average of nearly 60,000 nurses miss work each year due to a job-related illness or injury. These nursing injuries statistics only cover actual missed work days, not nurses who could work but required a part-time schedule or modified duties due to their injuries. The New York Workers’ Compensation Board processes more claims for nursing and CNA injuries than it does for construction workers, and the illness and injury rate is nearly twice as high for nurses as it is for the private sector.
Literature published by OSHA indicates that the following are the most common categories of healthcare employees injured at work:
The above represent broad categories of the most common nursing injuries. OSHA also keeps nursing injuries statistics on specific reasons for workers’ compensation claims. These include:
While these represent the most frequently reported clinic, outpatient, or hospital injuries, many other possible types of nursing-related injuries exist. You are entitled to file for workers’ compensation in New York if you sustained any type of injury and hurt on the job.
The workers’ compensation program in New York operates on a no-fault system. This means that you do not have to prove that your employer is at fault for your injuries and can file a claim even if your own negligence partially or fully caused your illness or injuries. It also means that you cannot sue your employer for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other common categories of financial compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
Your injury need not happen at work if you were in the process of carrying out the duties of your employment.
For example, perhaps you were driving to participate in a health fair at your employer’s request and a negligent driver struck and injured you. When you file for workers’ compensation and receive notice of an approved claim, you are entitled to full payment of your medical expenses plus partial payment for your lost wages if you need to miss work.
You may be able to receive total disability benefits if you cannot work in any capacity on a temporary or permanent basis due to your injuries. You may also qualify for partial disability benefits if you must accept part-time or less physically demanding work to accommodate injuries that occurred on the job.
Although state law prohibits you from suing your employer for a workplace injury, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against any third party that contributed to it. Personal injury claims due to assault by a patient or family member are among some of the most common causes of lawsuits filed by nurses.
A successful personal injury lawsuit can allow you to collect greater financial compensation than you can expect to receive from a workers’ compensation claim. That is because the judge and jury consider many other categories of compensation than medical expenses and lost wages. However, it is incumbent upon you as the person filing the lawsuit to prove that the party you are suing committed a negligent or deliberately harmful act and that his or her actions are the direct cause of your injuries.
We understand this is a challenging time in your life. You want to work, but your injuries or illness simply do not allow it. You need time away from work to rest and recover as well as income to meet your expenses. Terry Katz & Associates invites you to contact our law firm at 888-488-7459 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys. We will explain more about the process of obtaining injured nurse’s compensation, whether you have received a denial of your claim or you are just starting the process of applying for workers’ compensation benefits in New York.