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As NPR's recent in-depth report demonstrated, nurses are some of the most oft-injured workers -- and those injuries can be serious. From back injuries due to patient handling, to standard slip-and-falls, nursing can be a hazardous profession.

So what happens when nurses are injured on the job? Can nurses collect workers' compensation insurance?

The sun is out, and summer is here! This means pool parties and sunbathing.

However, be careful of swimming pool injuries. You could slip and fall on slick and slippery floors. You could be injured from swimming pool chemicals. You could get electrocuted by improper wiring in pool lights. You may even drown because a lifeguard wasn't paying attention.

So, if you get injured at a swimming pool, can you sue?

You can get workers' compensation for injuries at work, but are you covered for injuries at the annual company picnic?

Company picnics are full of hazards. You could twist an ankle while walking through the park. You could sprain your back defending the marketing team's dodge ball championship title. You could get food poisoning chowing down on barbeque and the CEO's famous potato salad.

Can you get workers' compensation for injuries received at a company picnic?

If you're out at the range or on the course, you're probably most concerned with how you're hitting the ball. But if you're parked nearby, you might want to watch the other folks swinging the clubs.

One circular dent in your fender can ruin an otherwise great round, and if you don't know who dinged your ride, you could be on the hook for the repairs.

Have you had the flu this year?

You're coughing and have a sore throat. Your head hurts. Your body aches, and your nose is backed up like rush hour traffic. You have the flu. Now, you have to miss a day of work to go to the doctor and two more days because you can't crawl out of bed.

Can you get workers' compensation for the flu?

3 Common Nursing Home Injuries

In the United States, the CDC reports that more than 1.4 million adults older than 65 years live in nursing home. This number will rise to about 3 million in 2030.

With so many people turning to nursing homes for care in their old age, it's astonishing to think about how common injuries are in nursing homes. Some injuries may just be incidental to age. However, many injuries are due to neglect, abuse, or dangerous conditions in the nursing homes.

Here are three common nursing home injuries to watch out for:

You've done the hard part. You have done your research and decided you think you have a legitimate personal injury claim. Now comes the even harder part: finding the right personal injury layer.

But hiring an attorney doesn't need to be such a daunting task if you know what to look for in a personal injury lawyer.

If someone becomes disabled or is no longer able to work, disability insurance can help pay some or all of the person's salary. This is a great safety net for those who suffer an injury or accident that keeps them from working.

Unfortunately, disability insurance is not a bottomless fund. And often, disability insurance benefits can run out early, before a disabled person is able to return to work.

Here at FindLaw, we talk a lot about suing for damages after an injury.

However, it's not the only way to get compensation. Whether you're trying to avoid attorney's fees or you dislike confrontation, here are a few ways you can try to get money for your injury without suing:

Normally we think of hospitals as places people go to get well. Every now and then, though, we can come out in worse shape than we went in.

Considering the foot traffic, liquid supplies, and (ick) bodily fluids present in the halls, rooms and just about everywhere else, it's a wonder that there aren't more slip-and-fall injuries in hospitals.

But if you fall in a hospital, could the hospital be legally responsible?