Approximately 76,000 office workers are injured each year in the United States. Changes in work environments have added to the hazards office workers face. Common injuries sustained by office workers include:
- Overexertion (strains)
- Being struck by an object
- Being caught between objects
- Electrical hazards
However, a report highlights the risk of musculoskeletal injuries for office workers.
A recent study by the Washington State Department of Labor & Statistics is highlighting a common injury suffered by many office workers. Office workers were evaluated for musculoskeletal issues. Every office worker who participated in the study reported at least one musculoskeletal problem during the past year. The reports of pain by office workers increased from a similar study in 2009.
Other statistics from the report include:
- Over half of the workers reported hand and/or wrist pain — a 382 percent increase from 2009
- Reports of shoulder pain increased by 37 percent
- There was a 16 percent increase in reports of elbow and/or forearm pain
- Almost one-third of the respondents missed work due to lower back problems
- One-quarter of the workers missed work due to shoulder problems
Are Musculoskeletal Injuries Covered By Florida’s Workers’ Compensation?
If an office worker can prove that the musculoskeletal injury was incurred during the normal course of employment, the musculoskeletal injury will be covered by workers’ compensation. However, some insurance companies deny these types of claims alleging the injury could have been sustained from normal daily activities that have nothing to do with the job. Furthermore, they allege that the injury is just a normal result of the aging process.
For example, if an office worker develops lower back pain from sitting at a desk for eight hours a day for years, the insurance company may try to deny the claim alleging the back pain is due to age. The company may try to say that the lower back pain is due to the hobbies the employee has (i.e. running, playing a sport, etc.). Insurance companies can be very creative when they want to deny a workers’ comp claim.
Fighting For Your Right To Receive Workers’ Comp Benefits
If you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to receive benefits including medical care and financial support. This should be an automatic process provided that you file the proper forms and follow the rules regarding workers’ compensation. Covering workers’ injuries, even if the worker is partially to blame for the accident that created the injury, is the “trade-off” for employers being protected from liability lawsuits from injured workers.
However, workers’ compensation insurance companies are like all other insurance companies — they are in business to make a profit. Therefore, an insurance company will take any opportunity to deny a workers’ comp claim to save money. As experienced Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorneys, we understand the tactics used by insurance companies to deny workers the benefits they are rightfully entitled to under Florida’s workers’ comp laws.
If you have been injured on the job, the Broderick Law Firm, P.L. can help you obtain the benefits you deserve. Contact our office today 1-800-333-3903 to speak with a Boca Raton workers’ compensation lawyer.