When you think of workplace injuries, you probably don’t think of accidents happening in an office. But just because office buildings aren’t as dangerous as construction sites, it doesn’t mean accidents can’t happen. You could still be eligible for workers’ compensation even if you’re involved in an accident that happens in a cubicle. If you have questions, concerns, or need help with your case, speak to a workers’ comp attorney as soon as possible.
Common Office Accidents
Fall accidents are the most common office accident. According to the CDC, office workers are two times more likely to be involved in slip, trip, and fall accidents that lead to a disabling injury. Wet floors, uneven carpeting, poorly lit hallways, electrical cords on the floor, and objects left on the floor are common causes of fall accidents.
Lifting heavy items is another common office injury. Office workers often lift boxes full of paper or handle office machinery. This can lead to neck, back, and shoulder injuries.
Not sitting correctly can lead to injuries that develop over time. If your workstation is not ergonomically set up, you can develop carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries, posture problems, eyestrain, and fatigue.
Violent crimes sometimes happen in office buildings. If the building does not have adequate security and you are attacked, you could file for workers’ compensation.
Other office accidents include carbon monoxide poisoning, burns, electrocution, etc.
What Compensation is Available to Me?
If you’re injured while working in an office building, you could be eligible for a variety of benefits depending on the severity of your injury. Worker’s comp typically includes coverage for:
- Medical expenses
- A portion of lost wages
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Physical therapy bills
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Travel expenses to and from the hospital
Contact a Massachusetts Workers’ Comp Attorney
Although an office building seems relatively safe, you can still be injured. Luckily, workers’ comp covers most workplace accidents, even the ones occurring in an office setting. To learn more about your workers’ comp rights and to get advice on your individual case, speak to one of our lawyers at Powers & Caccavale by filling out our free case evaluation or by calling us at (617) 379-0016.