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Worker injured in hospital entitled to benefts in North Carolina?

When people in North Carolina think about a workplace accident happening, their minds may automatically drift to male-dominated workplaces such as construction sites, factories or power plants. However, having a worker injured is especially a common scenario in the female-dominated health care field. A recent article highlights a growing career area for workplace injuries and what is being done to address this issue.

Research shows that nursing aides suffer the most musculoskeletal injuries of any other profession -- and that even includes firefighters. Registered nurses also experience more injuries than other workers do. Nursing staff are so prone to injury because they often lift heavy equipment and patients, which can lead to problems such as a herniated disc.

In light of the problem, the American Nurses Association a few years ago attempted to get federal legislation passed that would protect nursing professionals from injuries, but the efforts failed. The association is currently striving to make uniform safety requirements the standard for all states and hospitals. The goal is to have more people to help do lifting, more training or simply better equipment.

Companies in North Carolina, including hospitals and other medical facilities, legally must purchase insurance that covers a worker injured on the job. An employee who is injured while performing a work task is typically entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits. The purpose of these state-regulated insurance benefits is to help to cover lost wages stemming from the work injury. The injured worker also has the right to seek legal guidance so that they maximize any insurance benefits payable.

Source: ABC News, Nurses Prone to Injury With Heavier Patients, Sydney Lupkin, Sept. 26, 2013

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