Work injuries are most commonly associated with manual labor such as construction work and manufacturing work. However, professionals who work in offices spend the majority of time sitting at their desks such as receptionists, paralegals, administrative assistants, sales associates, and management are also at risk of getting hurt at work. Office workers who incur injuries on the job in Pennsylvania are often entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits such as wage-loss and medical benefits.
Some injuries seen in an office environment include lacerations or cuts, vision problems, fractures, musculoskeletal injuries, and repetitive strain injuries. The risk factors that create the environment for these injuries include:
- Slips, trips, and falls may occur when sliding on a wet floor, walking on the uneven ground of a parking lot or tripping over an open desk or file drawer, electrical cords or wires, loose carpeting, or objects in hallways/walkways
- Items that fall from high shelves in a supply closet or office
- Ergonomic Injuries caused from sitting for long periods of time without a proper workstation setup and may cause muscle strains, blood clots, and other issues
- Eye strain caused from long hours in front of a computer
- Repetitive motions such as typing, which may lead to carpal tunnel or tendonitis
- Exposure to office machinery that may malfunction causing bodily injury
- Lifting heavy items causing injuries to the knees, shoulders or back
What to do if you are injured at work in your office:
- Immediately report your injury or work-related illness to your employer or supervisor. Tell them you were hurt on the job as well as the date and location of the injury. Be specific as to what part of your body was injured.
- Seek medical attention. You may need to see your employer’s doctor, which depends on if your employer maintains a panel physician list. Ask if your employer has such a list and, if they do, ask that it is provided to you immediately. If they do not have a list, you are free to treat with whichever doctor you choose.
- Know your rights. Contact the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers, at Pearson Koutcher Law and speak with a lawyer with expertise in workplace injury law. Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience helping injured workers throughout Pennsylvania. We will help you fully understand your rights as an injured employee and assist you in obtaining the full Workers’ Compensation benefits you deserve under the law.
Workers Compensation Benefits for Office Professionals:
Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation laws, office professions who are hurt at work may be entitled to the benefits listed below. Call Pearson Koutcher Law and let us get you what you deserve :
- Medical Benefits
- Wage-Loss Benefits
- Specific Loss Benefits
- Death Benefits
Contact the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Pearson Koutcher Law and let us fight for the benefits to which you are entitled.