When we think of workers’ compensation, our minds often turn to jobs that involve physical labor or inherent dangers, such as construction workers or firefighters. However, office workers are not immune to the possibility of injuries that could necessitate workers’ compensation.
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine reported falls are the most common office worker injury. And such accidents can cause serious injuries. But this is not the only risk these workers face.
Repetitive strain injuries
Office workers often spend hours at their desks, working on computers. This prolonged and repetitive use of keyboards and mice can lead to repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis. These are genuine workplace injuries that may require workers’ compensation.
Poorly designed workstations can lead to ergonomic issues, causing back, neck or shoulder pain. Over time, these issues can become serious enough to require medical attention and workers’ compensation.
Stress is a prevalent issue in office environments. Prolonged stress can lead to anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions. If a person can contribute their mental health condition to the workplace, it might make them eligible for workers’ compensation.
Unfortunately, office workers can be subject to workplace violence, including harassment, threats or physical altercations. In cases where physical or psychological harm occurs, workers’ compensation may be applicable.
Exposure to hazardous substances
Some office settings involve exposure to hazardous substances, such as chemicals, fumes or mold. Prolonged exposure can result in respiratory issues or other health problems that may warrant workers’ compensation.
It is important to note that workers’ compensation eligibility varies depending on the jurisdiction and the specific circumstances of the injury or illness. Additionally, the injury must directly relate to the individual’s job or job-related activities.