An office setting is generally not the first place that comes to mind for most people thinking of dangerous workplaces. However, individuals who work in office jobs still face a number of potential hazards such as loose carpeting, clutter or electrical cords in walkways, slipping on ice while entering their place of employment, falling office equipment, duties that result in muscle strains and repetitive motions, motor vehicle accident while running errands, and more. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries reported by private industry employers in 2017 alone, and many of those on-the-job injuries occurred in office environments.
Falls—whether they occur from a height or on the same level—are one of the most common workplace injuries in offices. This category of injury also includes slips and trips.
Overexertion-related injuries—such as sprains, strains, and carpal tunnel syndrome—are also common among office workers. Though seemingly minor, these injuries can be quite painful and, in some cases, may result in long-term disability and permanent injury.
Other common office injuries are caused by unsafe contact between workers and equipment or other objects. Examples of accidents in this category include equipment or collapsing structures striking, compressing, catching or crushing a worker.
Consult a Knowledgeable Delaware Attorney About Your Workers' Comp Case
If you're an office worker who was injured on the job in Delaware, you may be entitled to collect workers' compensation benefits. The state workers' compensation system offers a wide range of benefits to injured workers, including coverage for reasonable related medical expenses, lost wages, temporary partial or total disability payments, and more.
Recovering from an injury is hard and managing your workers’ compensation claim is difficult. The experienced workers' compensation attorneys with the Morris James Personal Injury Group can help you fight for the benefits you deserve. Do you have questions about your case? Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.