In the U.S., over 200,000 healthcare workers suffer injuries every year. If a staff member in a nursing home suffers an injury, he or she is typically eligible for workers’ compensation coverage. Nursing home members require tailored workers’ compensation plans, lower claims costs and quick resolutions. When determining the best nursing home workers’ compensation for a care facility, you need to understand the common claims in the industry.
The most common injuries nursing home residents face are musculoskeletal injuries. Often, they suffer these injuries because of the heavy lifting and moving that the job requires. Nursing home attendants and staff may face:
- Back injuries
- Slip and fall injuries
- Repetitive injuries
If nursing home staff do not receive medical attention immediately, the injuries could become worse over time.
How To Reduce Claims
To reduce claims, facilities have to invest in risk mitigation and safety measures. For example, all staff members should have to wear non-skid shoes and there should be equipment to help employees with the heavy lifting. Safety equipment can reduce claims and retain employees.
When it comes to the healthcare industry, accidents happen. Nursing homes must have adequate coverage in case a worker becomes injured while on the job. Without coverage, it can be devastating to a hospital.