The unfortunate reality is that the people who have devoted their careers to helping others overcome serious medical conditions often suffer their own serious medical conditions or injuries in the process. To make matters worse, they frequently encounter difficulty in getting the workers' compensation benefits they are entitled to receive. If you have been injured while working in the health care field, an experienced attorney can help you pursue the benefits you need.
At Domer Law in Milwaukee, our lawyers have more than 45 years of experience helping Wisconsin workers injured while helping patients in hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities. We represent registered nurses (RN), licensed practical nurses (LPN), certified nursing assistants (CAN), physical therapists (PT) and other medical professionals. Perhaps you have not yet begun the process. Perhaps you have already applied for workers' compensation and you have already been denied benefits or offered an insufficient amount. Perhaps you are still waiting. Whatever the case may be, we will use our knowledge to move your claim forward.
Common Injuries in the Medical Profession
Spine injuries are common among nurses and other medical professionals. These are often the result of moving patients or catching stumbling or falling patients. Even when using proper form and following all the training taught in nursing school and professional school, the process of moving patients can be dangerous and may result in herniated disk injuries and other lower back injuries. Often, a health care professional is forced to lift or move a heavy patient without co-worker assistance or other lifting help (like a Hoyer lift/sling). A nurse or medical employee can suffer lifetime consequences from these traumatic events.
In addition to a single incident, health care professionals can suffer spine injuries that build up over time, the result of the repetitive stress of moving patients day after day. Repetitive motions and heavy lifting can play a role in a disabling spine condition—entitling a health care professional to worker's compensation benefits. Medical studies have documented the strain on a health care professional's back from their job duties.
Injuries to a health care professional can be severe—resulting in long-term pain and mobility issues. Even after surgery and physical therapy, these injuries may have lingering effects. Significantly, they may even cut careers short. Workers' compensation benefits become extremely important. If a health care worker has permanent physical limitations from a spine injury that does not allow a return to that field, a loss of earning capacity claim under the worker's compensation law is possible. A loss of earning capacity compares someone's pre-injury wages to what someone can earn in the open labor market with their post-injury limitations.
Whether you have suffered a spine injury from lifting patients, or you have been injured in a falling accident or any other type of on-the job accident, our attorneys will help you pursue the medical and wage benefits you deserve. If you cannot return to the health care field because of limitations from a work injury, an attorney is necessary to help maximize your vocational benefits.
Free Consultations for Injured Health Care Employees
Our lawyers are ready to get started on getting you the benefits you need. Find out if you have a claim. Start with a free consultation by calling 888-353-8384. You can also reach us by email. We work on a contingent fee basis. Until you receive benefits, we do not receive payment.