The South Carolina workers’ compensation program exists to provide employees who are injured in on-the-job accidents or develop occupational illnesses with benefits, regardless of fault. Many people who work in relatively low-risk environments, such as a traditional office, may be under the mistaken impression that workers’ compensation exists only to cover serious injuries that people sustain in higher-risk occupations, such as construction or industrial manufacture. In reality, people who work in an office are at risk of injury each time they go to work and, while the risks they face may be different from those in riskier occupations, they can still be seriously injured in the event of an accident.
Office workers are often eligible for significant benefits after sustaining a work-related accident or developing a work-related illness, and should discuss their options with an experienced lawyer. Some of the more common ways in which these types of injuries and illnesses occur are discussed below. For specific information regarding your case, call our office today.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Falls are a significant injury hazard in any environment in which people are moving around from place to place. While many falls result in little to no injury, in some cases falls can leave victims with serious injuries that require significant medical attention. Examples of some of the more serious injuries that can occur as a result of an office slip and fall accident include the following:
- Broken bones;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Soft tissue injuries; and
- Neurological injuries.
In many cases, these and other slip and fall injuries can leave victims with significant medical expenses and the inability to work for a significant period of time. For this reason, it is critical that slip and fall victims obtain the full value of their workers’ compensation benefits.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), there are more than 100 different kinds of repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) that result from wear and tear on a person’s body. These kinds of injuries are caused by performing a repetitive task over the course of months or years and often involve significant pain and impairment of function. Common examples of RSIs include carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and tendonitis.
Injuries Caused by Lifting Heavy Objects
While people who work in an office setting may not regularly lift heavy objects, chances are that at some point, an office worker will need to lift an object, whether it is a package that arrived or a printer that has fallen over. Lifting heavy objects has the potential to result in serious injuries, including sprains, strains, disks injuries, and even fractures.
Contact a Greenwood, South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today to Discuss Your Legal Options
Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be a complicated issue, and individuals whose claims are initially denied often must go through an extensive legal process in order to obtain the benefits to which they are legally entitled. To schedule a free consultation with a skilled Greenwood workers’ compensation lawyer, call Ayers, Smithdeal & Bettis, P.C., Attorneys at Law, today at 855-213-4405.