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Work accident common in healthcare setting in North Carolina

When "worker injury" comes to mind, people may immediately think of an employee lifting heavy boxes or having a mishap with a piece of factory machinery. However, some of the most common worker injuries actually take place right inside local hospitals in North Carolina. A nurse or clinician is especially prone to falling victim to a work accident because these professionals physically transfer patients often.

A recent survey shows that about 35 percent of clinicians said that they have been injured one or more times while working. Many of these injuries resulted when the clinician was trying to move a patient from a bed to a chair. Such situations can lead specifically to back injury or even neck injury.

Being injured on the job can cause nurses and other healthcare workers to miss shifts. If they are able to continue working, they may have to complete different duties from what they normally would do. The research shows that nurses are often injured more than their patients are.

A work accident indeed is preventable when companies take the necessary steps to educate patients about injury prevention and provide up-to-date equipment on the premises. However, work injuries are not always avoidable, especially in the healthcare setting in North Carolina. Companies must buy workers' compensation insurance for employees, which covers them in the event that they fall ill or are injured on the job -- no matter who is at fault. Knowing laws related to workers' compensation could help injured workers to make sure that they receive all of the benefits they deserve.

Source: The Gazette, Survey: Nurses, clinicians prone to work injuries, No author, Nov. 26, 2013

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