While office workers do not place themselves in harm’s way in the same way that construction workers, emergency responders and manufacturing workers do, they may still suffer injuries on the job due to an immediate or long term hazard. The Chicago workplace injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers protect the rights of all workers who are injured while performing their duties. Whether your injury was due to a sudden and freak accident or was the result of repetitive use or strain over many years, you are still entitled to recover compensation for the cost of your medical treatment and any time that you need to take off of work during your recovery.
Office Workers Can Become Injured Too
Most people shrug off the possibility that office workers can become injured on the job due to the safety that most of them have from the elements and obvious hazards such as machinery and falling objects. While it is true that an office worker is far less likely to suffer a serious injury that requires immediate emergency medical attention, they may still be injured due to environmental hazards, a poorly maintained workplace or the repetitive use of their hands. Here are some of the most common injuries that occur in office settings.
- Strain on the back due to posture— studies have shown that the human body was not meant to sit in one place for eight or more hours per day, and as more office workers work long hours, they subject their backs, shoulders and necks in a position of strain. Ergonomic chairs and keyboards may help, but not when the worker is stuck in a chair for extra-long shifts.
- Repetitive use injuries— office workers type for long periods of time, which places them at a much greater risk of developing conditions such as carpal tunnel, which can be extremely painful and debilitating. While some therapeutic treatments can slow the progression of carpal tunnel symptoms, most workers end up requiring surgery to address the pressure being placed on the median nerve which causes the condition.
- Damage and strain to the eyes— if you are required to sit in front of a screen for long periods of time, you are advised to find something else to focus your vision on once every twenty minutes. This is because long term exposure to computer screens can cause degenerative eye condition that can lead to serious impairment. Workers who suffer from eye strain on a regular basis may also suffer severe headaches or migraines. If changes in vision can be attributed to long-term computer use, the cost of corrective procedures or lenses may be recoverable in a worker’s compensation claim.
- Trips, slips and falls— almost every workplace presents a hazard for workers to trip, slip or fall when washed floors are not marked or clutter in highly trafficked areas presents a tripping risk to others. While most trips and slips result in minor injuries, serious injuries may result if the person who falls lands in an awkward manner.
- Extreme stress— it is true that a high stress environment can have a negative impact on our health. Tight deadlines, unrealistic expectations, excessive overtime and verbal abuse from the boss can cause emotional distress and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. If work is a causative factor in your injury, the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act deems that your employer might be required to provide benefits for your care.
Every employer is required to carry insurance that will cover the costs employees will incur in the event that they are injured. In most cases, it is the insurance companies that pressure employers into using questionable tactics to deny workers their benefits because the insurance companies ultimately provide the actual compensation. If you have been injured and your employer isn’t insured or attempts to deny your benefits, you can be awarded additional compensation.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is an award winning legal team that has extensive experience dealing with the nuances involved in worker’s compensation claims. We can ensure that you receive every bit of compensation you are entitled to so that your physical recovery doesn’t become a financial burden on you and your family. Contact us to arrange a confidential and risk free consultation so that you can learn more about your rights and legal options before you proceed with your claim.
Our Chicago workplace injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which ensures that you will never be required to pay legal fees in the event that your claim is denied. We only get paid when we have secured compensation on your behalf and will never accept payment until we have accomplished that goal.