Do Office Injuries Qualify for Workers Compensation?

If you think that workers’ compensation only applies to dangerous jobs such as construction, think again. Even seemingly safe occupations carry the risk of debilitating injury. This applies to those who work in an office setting.

Office work may not appear to contain hazards, yet the following are common sources of injury for such employees. If any of these apply to you, then you may have a workers’ compensation claim.

Repetitive Strain Injury:

Repetitive strain injuries are injuries that occur from doing the same motion over and over again. Injuries like carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, and bursitis can all occur from workplace tasks. These are more difficult to prove for worker’s compensation because these conditions develop over years, however if you report the symptoms as soon as they begin and can connect them to a required workplace task, then you can make a legitimate case for worker’s compensation.

Overexertion:

Overexertion is when a person strains or pulls a muscle or joint, or even slips a disc from overextending to lift, pull, push, or turn an item. Though these are most common in workplaces that require a lot of physical labor like on construction sites, at factories, or in medical, they can happen anywhere. Overexertion can happen in an office from moving files or at a restaurant carrying a tray of food. If you experience an injury from overexertion on the job, you are eligible for worker’s compensation.

Slip, Trip, And Falls:

Slip or trip and falls can happen on any surface. An employee can slip on a wet surface indoors or trip on a loose carpet, or they can slip in the rain outside. Slip, trip, and falls can cause numerous injuries from sprains, to breaks, to even traumatic brain injury. They can also can bodily reaction injuries which occur when a person falling tries to stop the fall and sprains an ankle or break your wrist from the impact. Slip or trip and falls are considered a worker’s compensation if it happens during a work task or within the workplace.

 

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