What kinds of injuries are associated with working in an office?

Compensation for office injuriesWhen thinking of dangerous workplaces, offices probably aren't one of the first places that come to mind. However, injuries occur in office settings far more often than most people realize.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 76,000 office and administrative workers sustain serious on-the-job injuries each year. Some of the most common injuries associated with working in an office environment include:

  • Strains, sprains, or repetitive motion injuries to the hands, wrists, back, and neck
  • Eye strain and other vision problems
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues
  • Abrasions
  • Contusions
  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Broken bones

Falls—whether from a height, as a result of a slip and fall accident, or due to tripping over cords or objects in walkways—are the leading cause of disabling office injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other causes of office injuries include overexertion, poor ergonomics, electrocution, striking (or being struck by) objects, or being caught in or between equipment.

Despite their reputation for being hotbeds of monotonous and sedentary work, offices have several hidden dangers that result in injury or even death. If you're an office worker who was seriously injured on the job in Georgia, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits including reasonable medical expenses, weekly income benefits, and compensation for permanent injury. An attorney can help you build a strong case for the benefits you deserve, and ultimately obtain a lump settlement for you.

Injured at Your Office Job? Consult an Experienced Workers' Comp Attorney

Workers' compensation benefits are available to all eligible Georgia workers—not just those who work in industries characterized by serious hazards or inherent dangers. If an on-the-job office injury required you to miss work or receive medical treatment, you may be able to collect workers' compensation benefits.

The accomplished attorneys with Rechtman & Spevak can help you understand your legal rights and options. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation with a member of our skilled legal team.