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Nurses have your back, but who has their backs?

Nurse welcome life, they encourage the mother as she delivers her first child. They accompany people and their loved ones as life ends. Nurses care for people at their most vulnerable moments. Nurses improve the lives of their patients, often while sacrificing their own personal lives, and bodies - especially their backs.

Did you know that according to the Bureau of Labor, nursing is number six on the list of occupations most prone to strains and sprains and most prone to back injury? Nurses spend their long days standing on their feet and frequently lifting people.

A total of 20 percent of nurses ask to be transferred to a different unit or position and eight percent of nurses actually leave their job due to back problems, according to the American Nurses Association.

Common ways to injury your back

If you hurt your back, you might find yourself suddenly in pain, and this pain can last for six weeks, three months or develop into a chronic problem. The Mayo Clinic identifies six major ways that you can injure your back:

  • You can strain a muscle or ligament, often by repeated heavy lifting. If you are not in good physical condition this can be especially painful.
  • You might rupture ruptured a disk; this is particularly painful and puts you out of commission immediately and for a period of time. It's when a disk in your spine budges or ruptures and presses on a nerve.
  • You might develop arthritis, as painful as this is, it can develop into other worse conditions.
  • You can worsen skeletal irregularities such as a curved back (scoliosis).
  • You might develop osteoporosis and if your bones become brittle this can lead to compression fractures.
  • If you are older than 30 or 40 years old, smoke, don't exercise regularly, and don't lift correctly, you will be more likely to injure your back.

A back injury is painful, and can cause nurses to become the patient. While nurses are a high risk group, anyone can develop back pain on the job.

If you or your loved one has injured their back due to their occupation, you probably have questions about the way forward with your medical bills and situation at work. It might be a good idea to contact a worker's compensation lawyer to see if you can file a worker's compensation claim to safeguard your rights while you recover from your back injury before you become a patient for life.

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  1. My injury and subsequent WC case was one of the most difficult times in my life, and I wouldn't wish this upon my worst enemy. Throughout the entire ordeal though, Mr. Kropach and Ms. Shibata stood by my side, providing me amazing support.

    - Wpark
  2. I was in a very serious accident in early 2000 and found that Attorney Kropach and his Staff especially his paralegal Jill paid close attention to my case and no matter how many questions I asked they always had time to explain in layman's language what I needed to know.

    - Janice Ann
  3. I have been lucky to have William Kropach handle two different workers' compensation cases in the last several years that exceeded all of my expectations.

    - Arabella
  4. I hired Mr. Kropach years ago due to the fact that he was head of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. After the insurance company denied my claim I thought my case was over but my attorney fought the insurance company all the way to the appellate court and WON.

    - Workers’ Compensation Client
  5. I hired Mr. Kropach years ago due to the fact that he was head of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. After the insurance company denied my claim I thought my case was over but my attorney fought the insurance company all the way to the appellate court and WON.

    - Workers’ Compensation Client
  6. I have a 18 year old work-comp case. Mr. Kropach never gave up or settled for anything less. He kept fighting for my rights to win. He realized I was in the right and He never once asked me to just give up.I won my case 100 %

    - Edward
  7. I have known Bill for over 25 years. He is personable and very knowledgeable in the area of Workers Comp. My experience during this very stressful time has been excellent. His staff is courteous and efficient and always kept me up to date with my case.

    - Donna
  8. I hired Mr. Kropach for my workers compensation claim about 3 years ago. I was suffering severe pain on my elbow as a result of my job. Mr. Kropach was superb in helping me settle this case.

    - Dax
  9. Bill treated me with care, individuality, and really examined my case carefully. I was immediately impressed with his track record and his dedication to voluntary unpaid community services.

    - Brad
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