In late June, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that workplace injuries for nurses and other hospital employees will be treated as medical errors. While this may not seem groundbreaking to many, this ruling severely limits nurses and health care workers ability to receive adequate compensation for workplace related injuries. Many hospitals in Texas do not purchase workers compensation and thus, are subject to civil litigation if a workplace injury occurs. However, due to this ruling, health care workers will be limited to the amount of damages they can receive from these hospitals, even if these hospitals willfully do not have workers compensation insurance.
To read an Op-Ed about this topic, click here.