• Jun
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Can an Office Injury Result in Worker’s Compensation?

    If the first thing you picture when you hear the words ‘workplace injury’ is a construction site or some other industrial-type setting, you’re not alone. But the truth is that you can get hurt while working in a white-collar setting just as easily as in a blue-collar setting.

    Office injuries occur all the time. Though the most common results from falling, there are plenty of other occupational hazards rooted in an office setting. The four most frequently seen office injuries are:

    • Falls – Falls can be the result of debris, boxes, files or even trash cans left lying on the floor, as well as desk drawers being left open, loose cables, or even just tripping over your own feet.
    • Lifting and Straining– Even if you spend most of your time at work sitting at your computer, there’s a good chance that you’re going to be reaching for things that are on high shelves, carrying supplies to or from your office, or even leaning own to lift papers out of a file drawer. Twist the wrong way or lift something that’s too heavy for you and you can easily injure yourself.
    • Postural or ergonomic injuries – Sitting at your workstation all day or doing the same thing over and over can lead to back injuries, eye strain and repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
    • Getting hit by falling objects – Whether you’re trying to take something off of a high shelf or have something dropped on your feet, being hit by something that’s fallen on you can lead to significant head injuries or crushing injuries of toes or other body parts.

    In addition to these injuries, there are many other types of illnesses and harms that can result from work, including those that come from exposure to toxins or loud noises in your environment, burns and shocks, and even acts of violence by a fellow worker or visitor to your workplace.

    Injuries that occur at work are covered by workers’ compensation no matter how they happen. Unless you are committing a crime or trying to hurt yourself on purpose, your employer is required to carry special no-fault insurance that pays for your medical expenses, lost wages, and even disabilities if you are unable to return to work.

    If you’ve been injured at work, there are specific requirements for notifying your supervisor of your injury and procedures that you need to follow to ensure that you get the benefits and compensation that you deserve. For information on filing a workers’ compensation injury, you can ask your human resources representative about your internal procedures. If you run into any difficulty or find your request for workers’ compensation is rejected, contact our workers’ compensation attorney to make sure that you are treated fairly.

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