Low-Risk Office Employees Can Earn Workers Compensation, Too

When most people think of workers compensation, they conjure images of construction workers falling from scaffolding 10 stories high, or scientists spilling hazardous chemicals that cause disfiguring burns. In reality, many workers compensation claims involve more mundane, everyday activities in relatively low-risk jobs. Retail salespeople, stock clerks, and order fillers rank among the top 10 private industry jobs with the most injuries and illnesses reported. 

If you experience a work-related injury or illness, our expert team at Advanced Care Specialists should be your first call. Our commitment to comprehensive health, wellness, and pain management have earned us a reputation in Racine, Wisconsin, as a compassionate, personal, holistic, and technologically advanced place for care. We specialize in helping those with personal, sports, and work injuries get back to life with a multidisciplinary approach to healing and wellness. 

Why work injuries happen

According to the most recent statistics published by the US Department of Labor, there were about 2.8 million nonfatal work-related accidents or illnesses in 2017. 

There are many reasons for the high frequency of incidents, including lack of safety measures and outright carelessness. Complacency also adds to the problem. Often people at low-risk jobs think of their work as generally safe, so they let their guard down and forget to take simple precautions that can prevent pain and injury — even at an office job. We want to make sure you’re not one of them. 

Most common work-related injuries at low-risk jobs

Whether you answer phones, ring up sales, tally profits, or oversee an entire corporation, your job is considered low risk compared to others that put employees in inherent danger. But that doesn’t mean you’re completely safe. Accidents, injuries, and illnesses happen all the time, and if it’s directly related to your on-the-job duties, you’re entitled to workers compensation benefits. There are three main dangers you should watch for.

Repetitive motion injuries

Many jobs require you to do the same thing over and over. That might be sewing garments, typing on a keyboard or cash register, stocking shelves, working on an assembly line, sorting mail, or writing on a chalkboard, to name only a few of the many tasks workers do every day. 

Most people have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve pain in the hands, wrists, and forearms caused by typing too much for too long. But that’s not the only danger of sitting in a chair all day, which is what’s required of 86% of all workers in the US. If you’re not using an ergonomically correct chair with your desk at the right height, you could be slouching all day, which can lead to musculoskeletal problems. 

Repetitive motion injuries can also happen if you’re loading boxes onto shelves, scrubbing a floor, or throwing a baseball. Constant stress on the same muscles and tendons leads to tendinitis, inflamed tendons in the shoulder and elbow, and bursitis, a swollen bursa sac common in knees and hips. 

Occupational injuries

Slipping, tripping, and falling can happen anywhere, anytime, and they’re responsible for as much as 40% of disabling occupational injuries. What causes all this mayhem?

These are just a few of the trip hazards common in the workplace. And, when you fall, you’re likely to suffer acute soft-tissue damage, such as muscle strains, ligament sprains, concussions, and broken bones. 

Mental and emotional stress injuries

Job-related stress is one of the conditions covered by workers compensation in many states. Because excess and chronic stress are known to lead to major medical problems like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, heart disease, and even cancer, insurance companies take this very seriously. 

The Wisconsin Workers Compensation Act states that you’re covered for injuries resulting from extraordinary workplace stress. For instance, if you’re held at gunpoint during a robbery and later experience mental and emotional disorders, you’ll be compensated. 

Not all stress is that extreme, however. Everyday stress and tension also lead to physical conditions such as neck, shoulder, and back pain and headaches. Tight muscles that won’t relax can lead to debilitating tension headaches that make employees miss work. They also exacerbate previous injuries, which may be covered by workers comp as well.

At Advanced Care Specialists, we not only treat your job-related injuries, but we also help you navigate the workers compensation process, including paperwork, legal issues, and advocacy for your health and well-being. Call us today or book an appointment online to discuss your injury, your treatment options, and your legal responsibilities and rights. 

 

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