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Why are slip and fall injuries so common?
Can you file for workers’ compensation if you suffer from repetitive-strain injuries?
Are injuries at work unavoidable?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), overexertion and falls account for more than $25 billion in workers’ compensation costs in the U.S.
You may overexert yourself causing an injury working at an office, if you bend, crawl, reach, twist, climb, step, kneel, sit, stand or walk. If you overexert yourself at work, you’re also at risk for a fall.
One of the best ways to avoid injury is through the use of ergonomic workstations. A workstation that is set up correctly makes it easy to see the screen of a computer or the pages of documents without straining. They're also set up to support your neck, shoulders and spine in alignment. Having a proper foot rest is another major help in keeping your back in good position throughout the work day.
Always adjust your seating so that your thighs are horizontal with the floor. Your elbows should also be horizontal when you type or use your arms in front of you in a seated position. Also, to help with your eyesight, reduce glare on computer screens and lower blinds. This can help you retain your sight and reduce strain on your eyes.
There are a variety of benefits and settlements for injured or ill workers that include but are not limited to:
Medical benefits: The insurer will cover the costs for most medical treatment you need while you’re recovering from an on-the-job injury or illness.
Lost wages: The insurer should make up a portion of your lost wages in most cases.
Additionally, insurers may provide disability benefits for a workers’ compensation settlement if you have some type of permanent disability. Attorneys at our firm will also fight for your right to claim your settlement over a period of time, or in a lump-sum payment.
You should discuss your case with a Colorado workers' compensation attorney at Kaufman & Kaufman, LLC. Our attorneys have experience handling claims involving overexertion and fall injuries while at work and can provide the representation you need.
We handle cases from many industries and backgrounds and we’re happy to help you! With an expert by your side through the whole process, you can take your mind off the overwhelming legal issues and focus on getting better. Call today and get the support you deserve!
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