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Were you injured while nursing? Did you know that a hospital is one of the most dangerous places for a person to work? At The Boles Firm, we have been representing Philadelphia's injured nurses and hospital workers for more than 25 years. We are Board Certified workers' compensation specialists, our lawyers are AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory, and Attorney Gregory J. Boles has been selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania's Super Lawyers®since 2007.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that on average, U.S. hospitals recorded 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees in 2011. That number is twice the rate for private industry as a whole.
Why are hospitals dangerous?
Hospitals are surprisingly hazardous places to work. Nurses routinely lift, reposition and transfer patients weighing in excess of 100 pounds with limited mobility on a daily basis. Other common hazards include needle sticks and patient violence.
Common causes of injury among nurses:
- Overexertion and bodily reaction (48%)
- Slips, trips and falls (25%)
- Contact with objects (13%)
- Violence (9%)
Source: OSHA 09/2013
In the above cases, 48% of the injuries resulted in days away from work due to over-exertion or bodily reaction, and this included lifting, bending, and reaching. Sprains and strains accounted for 54% of the injuries that resulted in days away from work. Lastly, strains accounted for the largest share of workers' compensation claim costs for hospitals in 2011. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011 data)
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If you were injured while nursing at a hospital, nursing home, or long-term care facility, you deserve to be fairly compensated for your injuries, and you should be represented by a dedicated legal advocate.
We urge you to contact our firm to speak with one of our Philadelphia workers' compensation attorneys in a risk-free consultation. A delay on your part could affect the outcome of your case, so contact us today to ensure that your rights are protected!