It is a common story for nurses in Colorado and across the country: Back injuries resulting from the job do not result in adequate workers' compensation coverage.
Although the situation can appear tragic for many nurses in these circumstances, there is help available. By understanding the process and learning how to fight back, you can obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
Back Injuries in the Nursing Profession
According to an online article from NPR, "Nursing employees suffer more debilitating back and other body injuries than almost any other occupation, and most of those injuries are caused by lifting and moving patients."
It is true that nurses suffer frequent back injuries, mostly due to lifting and moving patients. So why do their workers' compensation claims get denied so frequently?
One reason is the same for any injury in any occupation: money. Insurance companies don't make their profits by paying out claims. They make money by collecting premiums and denying and minimizing claims whenever possible.
Regarding nurses, the most common reason for claim denials is that the injuries don't occur at work, so workers' compensation doesn't cover those injuries.
Back injuries are particularly problematic regarding workers' compensation claims, because, more than many other injury types, back injuries often occur over a long period of time and it is difficult to pin down the exact cause.
What Can You Do?
Although there are challenges involved in obtaining compensation for work injuries, it is not impossible. With the help of an experienced legal team, you can bring a claim to obtain adequate worker's compensation coverage. Do not sit back and do not wait. Get your claim started right away.