White collar employees are not immune to on the job injuries. In fact, office work carries a unique set of injuries that result from sitting in front of an office monitor and typing all day. Issues such as slips and falls, muscle strains, and repetitive use injuries can all cause pain and qualify you for workers’ compensation coverage. Here is an overview of some of the most common office injuries.
Slips and Fall Accidents
Wet or uneven surfaces in the office environment often cause employee slips and falls. The longer you spend in the workplace, the higher your likelihood of walking through a water puddle in the kitchen or tripping over a box of files. As a result, slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of all workplace injuries in the United States. If you are hurt as a result of a fall, see a doctor or physical therapist as soon as possible. Then, depending on the severity of your injury, you may be eligible for file for workers’ compensation benefits.
Depending on your posture and workstation layout, you may suffer strains and pulls in your neck, back, and shoulders as a result of office work. These can cause mild dull pains or even muscle tears over time. Consistent muscle strains may require medical care, particularly if they are interfering with your ability to properly perform your job functions. If this is the case, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Repetitive Use Injuries
In today’s digitally-connected workplace, many employees spend their entire days scrolling and typing away. Improper mouse, hand, or keyboard placement can aggravate wrists and fingers to create reparative use injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. These injuries are incredibly common and can become aggravated over time. Be sure to seek medical treatment as soon as you begin to notice chronic aches or strains in your joints, and then consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer to see if you are eligible to receive benefits.
If your office job is causing you physical pain, contact the Philadelphia-based law office of Krasno, Krasno, & Onwudinjo. Our experienced workers' compensation lawyers can ensure that you receive appropriate payment and disability coverage for your pain. Call our attorneys at (888) 774-9695 for your free and confidential case evaluation.