NY OFFICE WORKER ACCIDENT
Office workers are at risk for types of injuries that are different from other occupations. Many of the injuries office workers sustain can occur sitting at their desks or even performing what some may consider “simple” physical activity in the office.
Workplace injuries can occur in any industry and in any work setting. While many workers’ compensation cases involve construction workers, factory workers or laborers who perform heavy lifting and other physically demanding work tasks, office workers also suffer a significant number of work-related injuries.
Working in front of a computer for 8 to 10 hours a day can be hazardous to your health. Doing so can cause such injuries as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome from using a computer keyboard.
- Back and neck injuries from remaining in the same position for long periods of time.
- Back injuries while lifting office furniture, files, computer equipment and other materials
- Eyestrain and headaches from staring at a computer monitor for hours at a time.
- Ergonomic injuries, including:
- Neck injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Back injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Under New York law, an employee injured at work cannot sue his or her employer because they will receive worker’s compensation benefits. In addition to obtaining benefits from your workers compensation claim, you may be entitled to file third party claim if you are injured because of someone else’s negligence.
- Premises liability
- Falls due to:
- Wet floors (if caused by independent cleaning company)
- Inadequate lighting (if cause by poor maintenance by landlord or independent company)
- Unsafe walking surfaces (if caused by poor maintenance by landlord or independent company)
While office workers do claim injuries related to slip and fall accidents and other types of acute injuries, most office-related workers’ compensation claims are for repetitive trauma injuries. In recent years, more attention has been paid to minimizing these types of office-related injuries. More companies are investing in equipment and office furniture that is considered more ergonomic. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has also gotten involved issuing guidelines and a checklist for how to safely and comfortably work at a computer workstation.
Workers compensation is an insurance and insurance companies have their attorneys, adjusters and representatives well-trained to protect the insurance company’s interest and not yours. It is important to have a lawyer representing you AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Call Munawar & Andrews-Santillo LLP (‘Mlawfirm’) to protect your rights. You can rely on our attorneys to vigorously pursue the full workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to receive.
If you were injured at your office job, do not hesitate to speak with us about your rights and options regarding workers’ compensation. Call Mlawfirm for Free Consultation at (212)-400-4000 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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