While working in an office setting in Fairview Heights, IL is usually a slower-paced workplace compared to many other occupations such as construction work or food service, there is no guarantee to be safe from any workplace injuries. As a matter of fact, white-collar workers are more susceptible to a type of workplace injury referred to as repetitive stress injuries (RSI) which occurs when a person is completing the same task repeatedly. This type of injury is also not limited to smaller injuries such as dexterous manipulations. RSI injuries might not start off as intense or severe as other workplace accidents, however, they can become more severe in time and can debilitate the worker unless they are treated. Just like any other worker, white-collar workers can file for workers’ compensation if the injury was caused by their job. Here we want to explain some common injuries white-collar workers might experience.
Pain in Wrists or Fingers from Typing
If you’re typing on a keyboard on a computer or typing and sending out texts on a phone for your job, you might experience pain in your wrists or fingers if you have to receive type for hours at a time each day you are at work. You might experience finger soreness, or, in the worst-case scenario, you may develop arthritis, tenosynovitis, or carpal tunnel syndrome. If you develop injuries like these from your job, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits or possibly disability pay.
Eye Strain from Prolonged Screen Time
If you have to look at a monitor like a phone screen or a computer monitor for hours while you are doing your job, you might experience eye strain. This can especially be true if you do so under the wrong lighting. You can help stop your strain by giving your eyes a break for 10-15 minutes. In the worst-case scenarios, you can develop serious and lasting vision issues from prolonged monitor use. If you develop a long-lasting issue, with your vision working your job in Fairview Heights, IL, you are eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim.
These are not the only repetitive stress injuries that you can have at your white-collar job. If you have any questions or need more information on filing a workers’ compensation claim in Fairview Heights, don’t hesitate to give our team of expert attorneys over at Brunton Law Offices a call today!