Desk Job Injuries and How Injured Workers Seek Compensation
Certain jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. Typically, these are jobs that require a significant level of physical activity, such as jobs in construction and agriculture. But even jobs that are not physically taxing, such as desk jobs, can put workers at risk of suffering injuries. What many workers do not realize is that they can file workers’ compensation claims when they suffer these types of injuries.
Examples of Injuries Often Suffered by Sedentary Workers
In any workplace environment, an employee can be injured in a fall. In an office, this can happen when the employee is climbing stairs, when he or she trips on an unsecured wire or uneven flooring, or when he or she is carrying a heavy object. Other injuries that are more specific to office environments include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome. This occurs when a nerve in the wrist is pinched, resulting in numbness in the hand;
- Eye strain. Workers who focus on computer screens all day, especially with inadequate lighting, can suffer from dry, irritated eyes and have difficulty focusing;
- Occupational asthma and other respiratory disorders. In an office, air can easily become stagnant. Air that contains allergens or irritants can cause workers to suffer respiratory infections; and
- Shoulder and back pain. Remaining in a sitting position for hours at a time can put stress on the spine and muscles in the shoulders, neck, and back.
Who is at Fault for your Injury? You or your Employer?
Unlike personal injury claims, workers’ compensation claims do not require one party to be deemed to be “at fault.” As long as the worker’s injury occurred while he or she was at work performing his or her job, he or she may seek workers’ compensation benefits. The only exception to this is cases where workers’ injuries are caused by their own intoxication or intent to harm him- or herself or another individual.
In other words, it does not matter if your back pain is due to your employer’s failure to provide you with an ergonomically optimized workstation or if you could have prevented it by taking regular breaks to walk around the office. Unless you intentionally hurt yourself at work, you can seek Workers’ Compensation without having to provide evidence to support the claim.
Work with an Experienced New York Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you are suffering from an injury you sustained while performing your job, you could be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills and part of your lost wages while you recover through a workers’ compensation claim. Do not assume that because you work a desk job, you cannot be injured at work. Speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at The Robert A. Koenigsberg Law Office to learn more about filing a workers’ compensation claim in New York. Contact our firm today to set up your initial consultation.