Hospital workers have the highest rate of work related injuries
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry recently reported that in 2016 there were over 1,250 indemnity claims for hospital workers accounting for approximately 6.6% of all indemnity claims paid out over that year. Hospital workers, including nurses, doctors, CNAs, are all exposed to a variety of injuries. In 2016, close to 60% of all hospital workers injuries were due to overexertion, 20% due to falls, slips, and trips, and approximately 9% due to violence. Approximately 72% of these injuries were primarily strains, sprains, or tears with approximately 8% due to contusions, and 8% pain.
With healthcare being the fastest growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 18 million workers, healthcare workers, including nurses, face a range of various hazards including injuries, exposures to chemicals, back injuries, and overexertion. While steps are often taken to prevent or reduce these hazards, despite best efforts, injuries still occur. These injuries can result in wage loss, extensive medical care and treatment, and even permanent disability.
Nurses, Doctors, CNAs, LPNs are all entitled to Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If a healthcare worker, including nurses, doctors, CNAs, have a work-related injury, they are entitled to Minnesota workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can include wage loss, permanent partial disability, vocational rehabilitation and medical.
It is important to know your rights under the Minnesota workers’ compensation law. Our attorneys would be happy to discuss with you your options, including potential scenarios in the future and what to look forward to as you move along in the healing process. It is important to stay empowered and know your rights under the law. We offer free no-hassle consultations to allow you an opportunity to be informed so you can make the right choices.