Office Worker Injuries and Accidents
Experienced New Jersey Work Injury Lawyers for Repetitive Motion and Ergonomic Injury Workers Compensation
A workplace injury can happen anywhere, including at the office. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that office workers are at risk for serious and potentially disabling injuries from falls, poor ergonomics and occupational diseases. Like any work injury, most office worker injuries are covered under New Jersey workers compensation laws. Therefore, if you sustain an injury in an office setting, regardless of fault, then your employer typically should cover the cost of your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages while you recover.
Still, though you should receive workers comp benefits for certain expenses associated with a workplace injury, it can be difficult to get fair payments. As with any kind of insurance claim, the provider may try to minimize your compensation by downplaying your injuries. However, the work injury lawyers at Spevack Law Firm have been representing workers hurt on the job in New Jersey since 1928. Our attorneys can help you put together your claim and will fight for your right to workers compensation benefits to cover your medical bills, lost wages and more. If you have been injured while working in an office, then you deserve the maximum benefits available to help you recover.
What are the Most Common Types of Office Accidents?
An office environment may not seem very hazardous at first glance. However, office employees are at risk from a variety of potential injuries on the job. Common causes of workplace injuries at an office include:
- Falls – Falling is the most common type of office accident, according to the CDC. Loose electrical cords, open drawers, wet floors, poor lighting and other floor obstructions may all cause an office fall.
- Lifting – Unlike employees in other professions, office workers are rarely taught proper lifting techniques and safety procedures. Thus, an injury may result when someone tries to lift stacks of paper, desks, computers, water coolers and other heavy office equipment.
- Falling Objects – Office workers often have a lot of storage space around them. When objects or files fall off shelves, injury can result. Heavy books or binders, storage boxes and spare equipment can cause serious damage. This is especially true if they hit a worker’s head, back or other parts of the body.
- Improper Ergonomics – One of the most frequent causes of an injury at work for office employees is improper workplace ergonomics. Sitting in the same position and performing repetitive movements, like typing without breaks, can cause strain. This strain often results in chronic injuries over time. Examples of common ergonomic injury causes include:
- Poor back support, posture or chairs leading to disabling back pain.
- Staring at a computer screen for hours without breaks, which can cause neck strain, eye strain, headaches and blurred vision.
- Typing for long periods of time, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome or nerve damage.
What is the Most Common Office Injury?
The most common type of claim office workers make under workers compensation law is for overuse injuries, also known as musculoskeletal disorders. A work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WMSD) involves injuries or disorders of the tendons, cartilage, nerves, muscles, joints and/or connective tissue.
WMSDs for which employees may seek workers compensation benefits include:
- Occupational Overuse Syndromes (OOS) also known as Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI). These injuries result from repetitive movements or postures in the hands, fingers, wrists and/or elbows. These injuries become worse over time and may cause permanent pain or impairment if left untreated.
- Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD). These disorders result from overuse and strain of the muscles, tendons and/or nerves. They may affect the back and neck as well as elbows and wrists of an office worker.
- Manual Handling Injuries. These injuries result from repetitive lifting, often combined with twisting or bending. Thus, office workers in charge of filing and/or storage may suffer serious back and shoulder pain.
Any of these ergonomic injuries, if sustained doing your job, should be covered by your employer’s workers comp insurance policy. However, that does not mean your employer or its carrier will automatically approve your claim or provide fair benefits. It is often more difficult for workers with motion injuries or strain over time to receive the compensation they need, as opposed to cases involving sudden workplace accidents.
In workers comp cases involving WMSDs, you need qualified work injury lawyers on your side. An attorney can help establish a connection between your overuse injuries and the type of work you do. Getting legal representation means you will have help filing your initial claim and determining what evidence will strengthen your case. It also means having someone working on your behalf, ready to respond quickly to demands and fight wrongful benefit denials.
Hurt at the Office? Contact Our NJ Work Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Our work injury lawyers have decades of experience helping clients understand the complicated workers compensation laws in New Jersey. Our convenient office locations in Iselin and New Brunswick also allow us to serve workers from across Monmouth County, Union County as well as the surrounding Woodbridge Township area.
If you suffered a job-related injury working in an office, our workers comp attorneys will focus on helping you take the right steps to file your claim and to help ensure you receive the full benefits you deserve. Contact us online or call us today to schedule a free initial consultation.