Injuries sustained in an office environment may be different from injuries sustained in other working environments. However, office worker injuries can still leave an employee unable to work. If you or someone you know was injured on the job, you may be eligible for compensation.
Types of Office Worker Injuries
- Falls: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists falls as the most common type of office accident. According to the CDC, office workers are 2.5 times more likely to suffer an injury from a fall than non-office workers. Falls can be a result of slipping on wet floors, tripping on electrical cords, or using a chair to reach for something instead of a ladder. To avoid falls, employees should pay attention to their surroundings when walking. They should also avoid using chairs when reaching for things and report any loose electrical cords or carpeting.
- Ergonomic Injuries: Ergonomic injuries occur as a result of repetitive strain, prolonged awkward posture, or pressure on a specific body part. To avoid ergonomic injuries, employees should maintain a relaxed position when at their desks. They should also use an adjustable keyboard tray so that their keyboard and mouse is at a proper and comfortable height. Employees should also adjust their computer monitors so that the screen is at eye level.
- Lifting: Lifting has the potential to lead to back, neck, and shoulder injuries. To avoid injuries due to lifting, an employee should first make sure objects are not too heavy for them to lift. They should then lift by squatting toward the floor and then pushing up with their legs. An employee’s back should stay in a straightened position. When setting an object down, an employee should use their legs instead of bending their back.
- Eye Strain: If an employee’s job requires them to stare at a computer screen for hours, eye strain is bound to occur at some point. Symptoms of eye strain include sore or tired eyes, headaches, increased sensitivity to light, and difficulty concentrating. To reduce the risk of eye strain, employees should take 10-minute breaks for every hour they are on the computer.
Workers’ Compensation for Office Worker Injuries
There are many office injuries an employee can sustain, and Workers’ Compensation can help cover medical treatments and lost wages. Workers’ Compensation even includes death benefits and funeral costs. If you sustain a workplace injury, it is important to report it to your employer as soon as possible to get the Workers’ Compensation process started.
Bucks County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Represent Clients Injured on the Job
Work-related injuries and illnesses can range from mild to life-threatening. If you or someone you know was injured on the job or developed a work-related illness, contact a Bucks County Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Our experienced lawyers will work tirelessly to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 888-999-1962. Located in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Pinehurst, North Carolina, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.