Nursing is an incredibly demanding job. Taking care of patients for hours on end is both physically exhausting and mentally draining. Nurses are required to stay on their feet for the duration of their shift and lift patients, wheelchairs, medical equipment, and other heavy objects relatively often. As a result, injuries are common in the profession. Fortunately, most nurses who get hurt on the job are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
What to Know About Workers’ Compensation in Connecticut as a Nurse
1. All Facilities Should Have Coverage
If you are classified as an employee at any kind of health care facility, you should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Hospitals, nursing homes, surgical centers, clinics, family practices, and home care agencies must carry this insurance to cover their staff in the event of an accident. Those who fail to do so will face penalties, including fines, civil liability, or prosecution.
2. Fault Does Not Usually Matter
In most cases, fault does not affect eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits. That means employers cannot stop claims simply by arguing the employee was responsible for the accident that caused the injuries. There are exceptions, though, and it is ultimately up to the insurance provider to enforce them. For example, if the claimant was impaired at the time of the incident or willfully violated safety standards, they may not be able to collect benefits.
3. Light Duty May Be Required
In certain scenarios, injured nurses can return to work if their employer agrees to modify their job duties. This is known as light duty, and it requires a work status report from the nurse’s treating physician. If the employer agrees to accommodate any restrictions, the claimant must accept the light duty assignment to continue receiving compensation. If the employer cannot provide light duty, the employee will be entitled to total disability benefits until they have recovered and can return to work.
If you are a nurse who was hurt on the job and want to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, turn to Mark O. Grater Attorney at Law. Based in Groton, CT, this personal injury lawyer has been representing clients involved in work accidents for more than 30 years. He is committed to helping injured parties put their lives back together and is well-versed in all kinds of accident claims, including motor-vehicle collisions, product liability, dog bites, medical malpractice, and premises liability. To schedule an initial consultation, visit his website or call (860) 449-8059.