Nurses have some of the toughest jobs around, and the continuous hard work causes repetitive/cumulative injuries for many of our front line workers. Over the years ICL has represented nurses and hospital workers, and has found that often injuries go un-reported due to these hard workers tough attitude and drive to help others over helping themselves. When injuries are reported, unfortunately we have found that hospital HR and supervisors downplay the severity – or send employees to in-house clinics that immediately recommend return to work. We’ve even had one case where a hospital employee had a severe shoulder tear but the in-house hospital industrial doctors refused to request an MRI and tried to return our client to work immediately with nothing but over the counter medication.
ICL is happy to announce a $70,000 settlement for one of our nurse clients with shoulder and low back injuries. This senior nurse’s job duties over the last 20+ years included constant patient care including lifting/carrying and moving large patients from beds.
Despite clear evidence of injury over a ~20 year dedicated career, the employer still tried to avoid responsibility for the cumulative trauma injuries. The Applicant had to go through her own insurance and get limited EDD benefits for a year as we fought the insurance every step of the way. She paid over $6,000+ for her own treatment, which we were able to get reimbursed, along with mileage and travel costs for appointments.
As a final note, we’d like to say THANK YOU to all medical workers in California and across the US. Your hard work and sacrifice keeps all of us safe in these troubling times. If you ever need advice or have questions, we are here to help day or night!