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The Most Important Things to Do If You’re a Nurse Who Was Injured on the Job

Posted Charles E. Schmidt, Jr. on Oct 13, 2014 in Workers' Compensation

Imagine this: You’re a nurse at West Shore Hospital, West Shore Endoscopy Center, or another medical facility in the West Shore area. Your day is busy, as usual. You’ve been lifting patients all day, bending over their beds to perform treatment, and standing for what seems like ages.

As you’re rushing down the hallway to respond to an alert in a patient’s room, you slip and fall on a recently-mopped floor. The maintenance worker failed to display any “wet floor” signs, so you weren’t aware of the danger. Your feet come out from under you and you land on your tailbone. You are still able to get up and help the patient, but the extreme pain you feel has you concerned.

What Do You Do Now?

Nurses who are injured on the job often put others’ needs before their own. However, in order to ensure you heal properly, you must perform these important tasks:

  • Notify a manager. Alert your superior right away that you’ve been injured. Doing so is essential if you have any plans of receiving workers’ compensation down the road. It also allows you to take the time off you may need in order to help your injury get better.
     
  • Follow your doctor’s orders. Since caring for others is your specialty, you may not put much time or worth into caring for yourself. At this time, however, you’re going to have to. Heed your doctor’s advice and follow the treatment plan that is created for you. For instance, take any medications you are prescribed, and complete the diagnostics and treatments that are recommended. Doing so is crucial to your healing, and if you want financial help down the road.

An Experienced Attorney Can Help

If you have questions about receiving workers’ compensation or are having difficulty obtaining it, the attorneys of Schmidt Kramer are here to help. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you.