Types of Injuries Suffered by Office Professionals
While injuries occurring in an office may be less severe than those sustained by a construction or industrial worker, they can still lead to large medical bills and may even require time off work to recover. Some of the more common injuries seen in office professionals include:
- Repetitive use injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Eye strain from long-term computer use
- Respiratory complications caused by poor air quality or toxins in the air, such as mold
- Sprains or broken bones from dangerous premises
- Ergonomic strain, caused by sitting with poor posture for a large majority of the day
- Muscle strain from the movement of office equipment
Many of these injuries can have lasting effects that impact your ability to work and complete daily tasks.
Filing a Claim for Your Workplace Injuries
Most companies with more than two employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance, and any employee who is injured while on the job can file a claim. You do not have to prove the injury was your employer’s fault or was not your own fault with worker's compensation claims. Generally, if your injury is severe enough to require medical attention and affects your ability to perform you job, you should file a workers’ compensation claim. Your human resources department should be able to provide you with the necessary forms you must fill out and submit.
What You Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation
If you qualify, workers’ compensation benefits should cover all your medical expenses relating to your injury. This could include x-rays and other diagnostic tests, as well as medications, physical therapy, or other necessary treatments. If the injury keeps you out of work for a certain period of time, these benefits can also cover a percentage of your lost wages.
While it all seems simple and straightforward, especially since you do not need to worry about who was at fault, it is more complex than that. Although you do not have to prove someone was at fault to receive these benefits, you do have to prove the injury occurred on the job. If you slip and fall in your office’s break room and break your ankle, you can easily prove the injury occurred on the job. Conditions like carpal tunnel, eye strain, and muscle strain, however, are more difficult to prove. In addition, some employers and insurance companies will try to say your injury occurred during non-work hours or activities.
The Tawwater Law Firm can help you pursue the restitution you need to get back on your feet.
As a result, it is best to work with an attorney who understands the ins and outs of workers’ compensation. Our attorneys at The Tawwater Law Firm have years of experience representing professionals who have suffered workplace injuries. We work with knowledgeable medical professionals and other experts who can assist in proving your working conditions caused your injury. We can also help you pursue a personal injury case if your employer's negligence or another person's actions were the cause of your injury.