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Office injuries may qualify for workers' compensation

There are certain occupations that are inherently dangerous. Construction workers, police officers and firefighters are put in harm's way on a daily basis. Yet, these are not the only workers who can be subjected to a workplace injury. In fact, even those who work in what many would consider boring office jobs can be seriously injured, leaving them with the need for medical care and time off from work.

There are many causes of office injuries. The most prevalent is falls. Although they may seem minor, falls lead to the most disabling injuries. Also, office workers are twice as likely to be hurt in a fall as those workers who operate outside of the office. Another cause of office injuries is heavy lifting. Whether it's moving a box of copy paper or rearranging furniture, lifting with the wrong technique can result in injury to the back, neck and shoulders. Such injuries can linger for a significant period of time, leaving a worker facing extreme pain and physical limitation. Workers can also be hurt by falling objects that have been improperly placed on shelves. Books can fall on and fracture feet, and more significant objects may even cause a head injury.

It can be embarrassing to be injured by something seemingly minor like a trip and fall or the lifting of something heavy, but when the injury requires medical attention and leaves an individual out of work, he or she can face very serious financial consequences. This is why these workers need to know about the workers' compensation system and how to use it to their benefit.

Many workers' compensation claims are initially denied, requiring claimants to pursue an appeal. Those who wish to have assistance with these matters should think about discussing the matter with a skilled attorney. After all, there may be significant compensation on the line to help cover lost wages and medical expenses.

Source: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, "Environmental Health & Safety," accessed on May 1, 2017

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