Working in an office probably seems pretty safe. The most dangerous machinery you have to deal with might be a copier, and you won’t have the same environmental risks as someone who works outdoors or in an industrial setting.
However, years of office work can eventually add up to significant injuries. Especially for workers whose employers do not provide ergonomic supports, serious injuries can crop up after years of doing the same work.
If your employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance like they should or if they deny your claim that your back injury, neck issues or carpal tunnel stems from your job, what options do you have?
Can you connect your condition to your job and work equipment?
If you spend eight hours or more sitting at a desk in a chair with no lumbar support, your lower back will eventually pay the price. If you type all day with few breaks and don’t have an ergonomic workstation, your arms and hands may become sore or weak, and you will strain your neck.
Provided that a medical professional diagnoses you with a condition and the evidence supports your claim that the injury directly relates to the work you perform, you should have a right to some kind of compensation. In some cases, you might need to bring a lawsuit against your employer.
Companies can reasonably expect long-term employment to lead to health risks
In order to bring a successful personal injury claim against a person or business, you usually have to demonstrate that the other party was somehow negligent or violated the law. In some cases, refusing proper ergonomics support might violate the rights of a worker with a health condition and therefore the law.
However, most situations involving long-term office employment injuries and cheap desks involve negligence instead. Any reasonable person understands the impact that sitting at a bad chair in glaring overhead light and typing for hours each day can have on the human body. If your employer chose to ignore those risks just to keep short-term costs low, their negligence could have a permanent effect on your earning potential and quality of life.
Provided that you can show negligence or wrongful acts led to your condition, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against your employer.