Much of the focus for workplace injuries is for construction workers, miners, electricians and other people who do potentially dangerous tasks. However, working in an office presents a different set of risks that also often end in injuries.
In some cases, employers are less responsive to injuries that occur in an office setting which can be more easily avoidable. Victims sometimes receive long-lasting severe or permanent injuries which can lead to massive medical expenses, lost wages and other related costs.
Four common office injuries
Injuries for people working inside 100% of the time face several possible causes of trauma, including:
- Falls: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says office workers are 2 ½ times more likely than non-office workers to fall and suffer a disabling injury. Workers can trip over desks, file drawers, loose carpeting or slip on wet floors.
- Lifting: Picking up even small items can lead to an injury if not done correctly. Your neck, back and shoulders are vulnerable, so you should make sure a box or other item is not too heavy for you before attempting to pick it up.
- Objects: The CDC says workers are frequently struck by objects that fall off of cabinets and shelves, bump into office furniture and other heavy items or get their bodies, limbs or fingers caught between objects.
- Ergonomics: Using a desk or workstation that does not fit your body can lead to musculoskeletal injuries of your back, neck and shoulders along with causing poor posture, eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Seek legal advice for workplace injuries
Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace for their employees. While workers’ compensation benefits may cover medical costs for some injuries, many employees can suffer serious and costly conditions as a result of a company’s negligence. If you have been injured at work and suffered significant physical and financial consequences, an experienced personal injury attorney here in
Georgia can protect your rights and help you receive the compensation you deserve.