Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA's) who work in nursing homes or special care homes are likely to be injured at work 2.3 times more than all private businesses combined. This information has been provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
In my 17 years of representing injured workers in workers compensation cases, CNA's have been one of the most frequent professions that I see. In my opinion, this stems from the fact that often times they are required to lift heavy patients. Further, they are not provided with the appropriate training for assisted lifting or the appropriate devices or the appropriate levels of staffing. Often times, these workers are overworked and underpaid and are basically left on their own to handle way too many patients.
It takes a special kind of person to be a Certified Nursing Assistant working in a nursing home caring for elderly people. I think they deserve more credit than they get. They deserve more pay than they receive and they certainly deserve to have a safer working environment.
If you are a CNA and have been injured at work or know of a friend who has been injured at work and you have questions, always feel free to contact me.