Common Office Workers’ Comp Injuries
- Posted on: Sep 30 2020
Just because you work in an office doesn’t mean you’re safe from injuries. In fact, a good number of office workers file workers’ comp injuries every year. If you’re injured in the office, don’t assume your case is not important or that you cannot get workers’ comp for it. You can, and you should apply as soon as you’re able to. Here are a few common office workers’ comp injuries that you or someone you know may have experienced.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
One of the most common types of accident to occur in an office is the slip and fall or trip and fall. You can fall just about anywhere, but a busy office does have a number of extra hazards. It’s possible someone could mop a tile floor and forget to put up a sign. The carpeting could be worn from heavy traffic, creating hazardous spots. Power cables and extension cords can also be run across doorways or in other areas where you could trip over them.
Even if you don’t lift heavy objects regularly, you may occasionally need to do so, and that can lead to an accident. For example, you may need to pick up a box full of reams of paper or move a printer. These items may not necessarily weigh a lot, but if you aren’t careful when picking them up, you can injure yourself. Always lift from the knees, and if you have any doubts about moving an object by yourself, ask for assistance.
Objects Falling on Your Head
While you can hurt yourself lifting things, you can also be injured trying to get items down off a tall shelf. These items can fall on you, hurting your head, shoulders, and neck. If you fall because of this, you can injure just about any part of your body. You need to be very careful when getting things down off of a shelf. Use a ladder when necessary instead of reaching up, and again, get help if you need it.
Have You Been Injured?
If you have been injured in a workers’ comp case, you need to be sure you’re seeing knowledgeable doctors and getting the help you need. Dr. Jeff Mollins and his team can assist you with case evaluation, referrals, and more. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.