Thursday, January 2, 2014

Think a Desk Job Is Injury-Proof? Think Again

When you bring up the topic of injury-prone work, the first thing that usually comes to mind is road or construction work. Rarely, will anyone think of a 9 to 5 desk job as risky. Unfortunately, working behind a desk or typing on a computer all day do carry injury risks, too.

The most common type of injury for office workers is repetitive stress injury or disorder (RSI or RSD). It is said that at least one in eight Americans has been plagued with this condition at one point or another. While RSD doesn't sound as serious as a slip and fall injury common in construction or road jobs, RSD is characterized by symptoms like pain, tingling and numbness, fatigue, and weakness. With these symptoms, an employee with RSD may not be able to perform as efficiently or productively as he or she should.

Those who feel said symptoms may benefit from having themselves examined by a medical practitioner. Being diagnosed with RSD may entitle the afflicted employee to workers’ compensation benefits as well, which they can use to take time off from work as needed to focus on treatment or therapy, whichever is required. It may take a lot of processing, though, and in some cases, legal help from a lawyer will be warranted. Proving negligence on the part of the employer is not necessary, but proving that it is an injury incurred within the workplace is.

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