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Lack of protection for nurses makes it important to work with attorney, P.2

Continuing where we left off last time, we would like to speak briefly in this post about the importance, for injured nurses, of working with an experienced ensure their rights are protected when seeking compensation. As we’ve noted, injury protection and prevention is not uniform in the nursing industry. Because these protections are so patchy, injured nurses need to make sure they have the advocacy necessary to receive all the workers’ compensation to which they are entitled.

Advocacy may become especially important when a nurse is permanently injured on the job. When serious back injuries occur, permanent injury is definitely a possibility. If it is determined that an injured nurse has been permanently disabled, he or she may be able to receive permanent disability benefits. What exactly qualifies as a permanent disability, though?

Permanent disability is when an injured worker reaches a point where their condition is no longer improving or getting worse. When the point of maximal medical improvement is reached, an injured worker must have their treating physician write a permanent and stationary (P&S) report, which describes the medical issue, necessary work restrictions, the worker’s ability to return to his or her position, and the extent to which the disability was caused by the job and what other factors may be involved.

Because the P&S report impacts a worker’s ability to receive future benefits, it is important that it is accurate and fair to the worker’s condition. It is possible to challenge a report, and it can help to have the guidance of an experienced attorney when navigating this and other aspects of the process. 

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