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Shoulder and back injuries common among nurses and medical aides

Working in the medical profession is a noble calling. Every day, you do your best to help alleviate the suffering of others. That can sometimes result in your suffering instead. Repetitive motions combined with needing to lift heavier patients can result in serious injuries that can keep you from doing your job pain-free. You may be worried about reporting the injury, seeking treatment for it or otherwise calling attention to it. After all, it could endanger your job if your employer finds out that you can no longer perform all aspects of your job, which you love.

You shouldn't have to tolerate pain just to do your job and help others. If you've suffered injuries while working as a nurse or medical aide, you should report the injury to your employer as soon as you notice it and take steps to treat it as soon as possible. Your employer is required, under state law, to accommodate your short-term disability. This could mean eliminating certain tasks from your workload until you recover or assigning you to a more clerical or records-based temporary position. If you believe you got punished or fired for reporting an injury, you should speak with an attorney.

Reporting your injury protects you and your insurance coverage

When you report your injury, you help ensure that it will get covered by workers' compensation. Especially in cases with severe repetitive stress injuries or injuries related to extreme heavy lifting, it may take time for all of your symptoms to fully develop. The longer you wait to report the incident where you suffered injuries, the harder it could become to obtain workers' compensation coverage if needed. The same is true of medical treatment. Seeking proper medical care when symptoms begin manifesting is important as well.

Your employer is not allowed to punish or terminate you because you report a work injury. While it does sometimes happen, it shouldn't. Working with an experienced North Carolina workers' compensation and personal injury attorney is your best option if your employer has punished you for reporting an injury or requesting accommodations while you recover from a work-related injury. Your attorney can help you push back against illegal employment practices while also helping you file for the workers' compensation coverage you need to recover from your injury.

An attorney can make all the difference to your claim

Complicated injuries can require careful documentation for workers' compensation coverage. The best way to ensure that your claim gets processed and approved is to work with an attorney who understands the North Carolina workers' compensation program. Whether it's appealing a claim denial or filing a suit against your employer for discriminating against you after your injury, legal channels can help you recover.

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