Although working in an office setting is, generally speaking, much less dangerous than working in construction or as a firefighter, office safety is still an issue for everyone involved. Office workers may still suffer injuries on the job due to environmental hazards or an improperly maintained work-space.
If you have been injured on the job in an office setting, you may be entitled to legal compensation for your injuries. Specifically, you may be able to recover for the medical treatment you sustained as a result of your injuries and/or receive compensation for the time you missed from work during your recovery.
An experienced New Port Richey worker’s compensation attorney will be able to review all of the facts and circumstances of your case with you, file the appropriate paperwork with the Worker’s Compensation Commission,1 and seek monetary recovery on your behalf.
Common Injuries Sustained in the Office
Some of the more common types of injuries that occur in the office setting include the following:
Repetitive Use Injuries – These injuries are typically caused by performing the same types of work activities, such as typing, on a regular basis, day in and day out. One of the most common types of repetitive use injuries sustained in an office setting is carpal tunnel syndrome.2
Back, Shoulder and Neck Strain – These injuries are usually sustained by working in the same position for hours on end (usually for an eight-hour work day, five days per week) and/or from poor posture.
Eye Strain – Everyone knows that starting at a computer monitor for eight hours a day, five days per week, is not good for a person’s eyes. Staring at a computer monitor for long periods can bring about degenerative eye conditions, resulting in the need for high cost-corrective eye procedures.
Slip and Fall Accidents – Slip and fall accidents in the workplace usually occur when wet floors and other slippery surfaces are not properly marked, or when clutter accumulates in heavily trafficked areas.
Improperly Maintained Equipment – Another common cause of office injuries is improperly maintained office equipment, such as chairs, furniture, windows, and almost anything else one could think of in a standard office environment.
Basis for a Worker’s Compensation Claim
All employers in the State of Florida are required to carry insurance that will cover an employee’s ordinary medical costs and other expenses in the event of an on-the-job injury. It is important to note that worker’s compensation coverage is available to injured workers regardless of who is deemed ‘at fault’ for a job site injury. The accidental injury must simply occur while the employee is ‘on the job’ for worker’s compensation coverage to be available to the employee.
Contact a New Port Richey Worker’s Compensation Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
On-the-job office injuries are all too common. If you have sustained injuries while on the job, our experienced worker’s compensation attorneys will be able to review the facts and circumstances of your case and assist you with obtaining the compensation that you are entitled to under Florida law.
You can contact the New Port Richey worker’s compensation attorneys at Dolman Law Group by calling 727-853-6275, or contact us online.
Dolman Law Group
5435 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652