A nurse with a history of back problems won a workers’ compensation award after she proved a co-worker pushed her and caused her injury. In Illinois, injuries caused by co-workers are compensable under workers’ comp.
The nurse worked at the St. Alexius Medical Center emergency room in Hoffman Estates as a registrar. She worked under a 15-pound maximum lifting restriction for most of her career.
She was looking at a dry-erase board while trying to obtain patient information when a co-worker pushed her out of the way. She claims she immediately felt pain, reported it and received treatment. A few months later, she underwent surgery for a herniated disc.
The alleged pushy co-worker claimed she just asked the nurse to “scoot over a little bit,” and denied touching the nurse. The Workers’ Compensation Commission awarded the nurse medical costs, ruled she was totally disabled for more than three weeks and that she is 20% permanently disabled.