February 12, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- When we consider which job-related injuries would require filing for workers' compensation, most of us might think about careers that are generally known to be dangerous, such as construction jobs or truck loading and driving. However, there is an element of risk to nearly every job out there, from sorting envelopes in a mailroom to building skyscrapers.
The Colorado Department of Labor & Employment says that state law protects employees who have been injured on the job, by allowing them to receive medical attention if they're uninsured or can't afford their deductible and by ensuring they receive fast and efficient benefits at a reasonable cost to their employers. These laws are also meant to protect employers by helping them avoid litigation if an employee is injured while working.
A Surprising Number Of Injuries Occur In Office Settings
Aside from competitive office politics, working at an office can seem benign and peaceful, with little risk of being injured. However, some people may be surprised that there are a number of ways working in an office setting can cause serious injuries and even long-term disability. Web MD reports that musculoskeletal disorders, which include repetitive movements that are often done during office work, make up about a third of all job injuries reported, and are estimated to account for over $15 billion to employers every year.
According to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the most common office injuries
- Falls - from tripping over open drawers, electrical cords, loose carpeting, wet floors or objects in walkways.
- Falling over in a chair or off office furniture when trying to reach something.
- Lifting injuries to the back, neck or shoulders.
- Being hit by objects - running into desks or people, objects falling off shelves.
- Ergonomic injuries to the neck, shoulders, back or wrists from office equipment and keyboards.
- Eye strain from overly bright monitors.
To reduce the chance of being hurt in an office job, it can help to be sure drawers are closed, the workspace is well lit and objects are put away where they can't trip someone. Report loose carpeting and cords to someone who can reinstall them safely. Be sure spills are cleaned up. Use ergonomic keyboards and computer equipment, and take the proper steps to reduce eye strain.
Getting Help From An Attorney
The Wall Street Journal says that reported workplace injuries have dropped by more than 30 percent over the past decade, but many workers say their employers are retaliating against them for reporting their injuries. If you've been injured at your office and are having difficulties getting approved for workers' compensation, or if you are afraid you may lose your job by reporting your injury, an experienced workers' compensation attorney can help you protect your rights.
Article provided by The Law Firm of Janice M. Greening, LLC
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