Nurses are an often taken-for-granted vocation in the United States. While they tirelessly heal our sick and wounded, they often deal with chronic stress, fatigue, burnout, and even workplace illness and injury.
If you or a loved one are a Denver-area nurse injured or became ill due to your profession, let us take care of you. At Eley Law Firm, we strongly believe nurses are heroes and do what we can to support them in their time of need.
As Colorado does not have any workers’ compensation presumptions (meaning an illness or injury is understood to come out of issues surrounding employment without having to prove it), we know it can take time to fight to prove your injury or illness would qualify you to receive workers’ compensation.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the nursing profession and how a shortage of critical healthcare workers can impact the United States – and Colorado is no different. In a new report by the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, Colorado needs at least 33,000 new nurses to replace a rapidly aging and retiring workforce. Some years, Colorado only graduates as few as 24,000 nurses.
Eley Law Firm also works with non-nursing healthcare professionals such as physical therapists, dieticians, respiratory therapists, and more. Our Denver healthcare worker injury attorneys can help you with your workers’ compensation claims.
Nurse Workplace Injuries And Illnesses
A factor influencing the nursing workforce size in Colorado is the number of nurses who become injured or ill on the job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nurses typically have “some of the highest injury and illness rates in the healthcare and social assistance sector.”
Many of these injuries stem from the extreme physical demands of a nurse’s job. BLS found that overexertion was one of the most common causes of injury. That overexertion could also cause muscle strains, sprains, and slips and falls.
Additionally, due to the nature of the position, exposure to hazardous substances is a fairly common predicament facing many nurses – causing potentially fatal illnesses.
Colorado has three prominent nurses’ unions, the Colorado National Nurses United, United Food and Commercial Workers’ healthcare division, and UCHealth Workers United. If a nurse is a member of any of these unions, their collective bargaining agreement will dictate the precise schedule of benefits they will experience due to their injury or illness.
Additionally, whether the nurse is privately or publicly employed (by the state of Colorado or the federal government) can also affect the benefits a nurse can receive after an injury.
Considering the degree of complexity surrounding nurse workers’ compensation cases in Colorado, it’s vital to make sure you have a good understanding of your rights and what benefits you are entitled to receive.
Eley Law Firm Is Proud To Support Sick And Injured Denver Nurses
If you are a nurse who has been injured while performing your job duties, it is important to seek the guidance of an experienced Denver workers’ compensation lawyer. Eley Law Firm can help you organize your case and documentation to set you up for success.
Get in touch with Centennial State’s preferred nursing workers’ compensation lawyer. Schedule your free case review today.