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Has your nursing career ended with you needing care?

Nurses typically face a variety of safety hazards, depending on the setting in which they work. Due to these circumstances, there are numerous instances where many nurses are forced to take extended time off from work, and some unfortunately aren't able to recover enough to resume their careers.

Are you a registered nurse in Ontario who has to cope with the long-term health consequences of your profession? This could be an exceptionally challenging time if the LTD benefits you expected are denied or were cut short.

Typical hazards faced by nurses

As a nurse, the following types of hazards could potentially threaten your ability to maintain your career:

  • Physical harm risks: Radiation from x-rays and radioisotopes, burns from lasers, and scalds from working with hot sterilizing equipment can cause injuries. Spilled liquids and numerous random objects can result in slip-and-fall accidents, and cuts or stabs from sharp objects are also quite common.
  • Chemical: Exposure to disinfectants, sterilizing liquids, anesthetics gases, latex, medications and drugs can cause illness and allergies.
  • Biological: Your job may expose you to airborne diseases such as tuberculosis, blood-borne diseases like hepatitis B and C and AIDS, potential hand-to-hand transmission of dangerous bacteria such as Clostridium difficile, and direct exposure to many multi-drug resistant organisms. Dermatitis may follow frequent hand washing, and needlestick injuries can cause illness as well.
  • Ergonomic: Standing for extended periods, walking, lifting, carrying and reaching for a myriad of items and objects are all physical activities that might involve awkward body postures, repetition, force and overexertion.
  • Psychological: Violence in many forms might threaten your safety, and working shifts and extended hours can have long-term psychological consequences. Also, repetitive exposure to life-and-death situations, having to make instant decisions and never knowing what to expect can cause a substantial amount of work-related stress and anxiety.

Help is available

Although you are in a profession that the community respects and values, you might find that the care you provided to others has resulted in your inability to return to work. If the long-term disability benefits you deserve are denied or terminated, it can exacerbate the dire situation in which you find yourself. With no income and mounting medical expenses, you might find comfort in learning that there are resources available who have the legal means to hold insurers to their obligations.

An experienced lawyer can thoroughly evaluate your insurance policy, ensure that your rights are protected, guide you through the process of submitting a claim and fight against a wrongfully denied claim in an effort to get you the maximum amount of benefits to which you are rightfully entitled.

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