When people think of dangerous jobs, labor-intensive professions such as construction workers, electricians, or firefighters usually come to mind first. Meanwhile, an office job is probably the last career people think of.
Although working in an office may not be particularly hazardous, office employees can sustain injuries, and may be entitled to workers’ compensation as a result.
Slips and Falls
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, and an office is no exception. Employees can slip on wet floors, or trip over items that are left on the floor, like computer equipment or unmanaged wires. In severe fall cases, victims can sustain broken bones or head injury, potentially resulting in a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Most modern-day office work involves long, uninterrupted hours in front of a computer screen. Prolonged screen time can strain the eyes, causing dryness, redness, itchiness, and trouble seeing. Employees who suffer from occupational eye strain may require glasses to correct their issues.
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Repetitive strain injuries (RSI), also called repetitive stress injuries are some of the most common in-office injuries. RSIs develop over time if a person consistently does the same motion over and over, every day.
In an office, all-day typing is often to blame for the development of a repetitive stress injury. Employees who type for 8+ hours during a standard work day are particularly vulnerable to carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs in the wrists, hands, and arms, and is caused by a pinched nerve in the area. Workers who develop carpal tunnel may experience pain and numbness that limits their ability to work, and could require surgery to correct.
If you’ve suffered from an on-the-job injury, contact Alvandi Law Group, P.C. Our attorneys handle workers’ compensation claims throughout Orange County. Learn your rights in a free consultation — call (800) 980-6905 or send us a message.