Some professions have greater risks associated with them than others. Health and safety should be observed in every case, but there are situations where people may be prone to specific injuries by choosing a specific career. For instance, nurses suffer from back injuries more than workers in some other professions.
Nurses are on their feet for most of the day, undertaking a wide variety of tasks and caring for patients in many different settings. They may be called upon to help people sit or stand, or to move people in bed when they are ill and unable to get up.
How can nurses suffer from back injuries?
Some jobs require almost no manual handling at all. However, nursing is not one of them. While slings and other types of lifting equipment such as hoists can be used in some situations, they are not always practical.
Therefore, all nurses should have manual handling training, so they are aware of how to lift someone safely and how to make sure they protect their backs. After the initial training, regular refresher training should also be provided. This should be at least once a year, to make sure nurses remember how to lift safely.
Could you make a legal claim for a back injury suffered while nursing?
Despite the presence of training, some nurses still suffer injuries like these – injuries that could often have been prevented. Additionally, there are times when those injuries can have a knock-on effect on the rest of their lives, leaving them unable to work as they did before. This can affect their earnings potential, not to mention their ability to enjoy life.
Does any of this sound familiar? If you know first-hand how nurses suffer from back injuries, don’t suffer alone. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to see if you can make a claim resulting from your own back injury. If you’re calling us on a mobile phone, use 0333 500 0993 instead to get through. Our team will be waiting for your call, to see if we can recommend one of our lawyers to support you.
Suffering a back injury can be troublesome and life changing, but if you can claim compensation, you could end up looking forward to a brighter and easier future. Why not find out the answers today so you know whether you can claim compensation?
Date Published: November 23, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead