Working conditions have changed and the computer age has left many of us sitting behind desks. While these conditions are not the most dangerous, they can still wreak havoc on our bodies, including our backs, necks, and hands. Individuals who suffer from repetitive stress injuries may be entitled to workers ‘compensation benefits.
Are you suffering from common office back pain or repetitive stress injury? Our workplace accident attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness to prevent injuries and helping workers recover compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and other losses.
Back pain in the workplace is common. What can you do about back pain and when can you take legal action for your repetitive stress injuries? Desk life can cause permanent damage to your back and make it more difficult for you to recover from injuries. Back pain is a common problem that can result in long-term and permanent injury. When your condition has worsened to a degree that renders you unable to work or forces you to miss work, you may be entitled to benefits.
Office workers spend a majority of their days behind a desk, usually sitting in the same position. With this low-energy lifestyle workers may face increased pain, stiffness and long-term back problems. The human body was designed to be active and mobile. Periods of immobility can cause the muscles to tense up and lose agility. While workers can make some improvements through new ergonomic work stations or by taking the occasional walk around the office, most will remain seated in compromising positions. This can be compounded by the reality that many Americans also spend long-periods of time sitting during meals in traffic on commutes.
You can take some action to maintain back health. You should try to be ask active as possible. You can also speak to your employer about chairs and other furniture designed to alleviate back pain. If your pain worsens or becomes unmanageable, you should contact a doctor. When your condition is so serious that you may require surgery, missed work, or long-term care needs, it is time to start thinking about workers’ compensation benefits. Employers have been increasingly held accountable for working conditions that cause repetitive stress, so you can always take preventative action to try to save yourself from long-term repetitive stress injury.
If you have suffered back or neck problems, carpal tunnel or other repetitive stress injury related to office work, an experienced advocate can review your case to determine the source of your injury and whether you are eligible for benefits. It is important to consult with a doctor as soon as possible and to begin documenting your injuries and treatment. Do not suspend treatment of your condition until you are fully recovered or you have successfully recovered the compensation you deserve. No repetitive stress injury should be taken lightly or ignored. The long-term impact of this kind of pain can be debilitating, rendering you unable to work.
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