Navigating workers’ compensation as an injured nurse
Nurses have a wide variety of responsibilities in their workplace. Not only do they need to have a high standard of medical knowledge to perform potentially life-saving procedures and emotional competence to comfort patients in difficult and distressing times, they also spend a lot of time doing physical work. This can include lifting patients from bed to bed or turning them over, which requires a lot of exertion.
If you have been injured as a nurse when participating in your day to day duties or because of an accident in the workplace, it is likely that you will need to seek medical attention and take time off work in order to recover. This will undoubtedly mean that you will lose money by needing to pay medical bills and losing wages. Therefore, it’s important that you take action to gain workers’ compensation. The following is what you need to know about navigating workers’ compensation as an injured nurse.
Nurses have a right to workers’ compensation
Nearly every employer in the United States is required to have some form of workers’ compensation insurance so that their employees can be compensated if they become injured. The nursing profession is no different, but you will need to act in good time to claim what you’re entitled to.
You’ll need to act quickly
As soon as you become injured, you will need to notify your employer of your work-related injury as quickly as possible, and certainly within 30 days. When you do this, your employer has a legal duty to provide you with the paperwork you need to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Your injury needs to be work-related
You will not be compensated for an injury if it’s believed you acquired it outside of work. You will need to provide sufficient evidence to show that your injury occurred in the workplace.