Healthcare workers are at high risk for musculoskeletal injuries. This can be due to the nature of the work, working long hours, or lifting and moving patients and equipment.
Musculoskeletal injuries can cause pain and disrupt work schedules. In some cases, they can also lead to permanent disability.
Common injuries from repetitive tasks
Healthcare workers constantly lift, carry, and move patients, which can strain their muscles and joints. In addition, they often have to work in confined spaces, such as bathrooms. They also may find themselves in awkward positions, such as bending over patients in bed or trying to lift a patient who has fallen on the floor. These activities can lead to repetitive motion injuries and weaken the muscles in your lower back and surrounding your spinal cord.
Using proper lifting techniques and taking breaks to stretch and rest their bodies can reduce the risk of injury. However, even with preventative measures in place, muscle strain from overuse can occur. If you have suffered a muscle strain as a result of your job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ compensation is a state-mandated program that provides coverage for work-related injuries and illnesses. To qualify for benefits, you must be able to show that your job duties caused your injury. If so, you may be entitled to reimbursement for medical expenses and lost wages.
Workers’ compensation claims can be complex, but experienced legal guidance can help to ensure that you receive all the benefits to which you are entitled.