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Office Injuries Are Surprisingly Common
Workers’ compensation claims are most commonly associated with manual labor — construction work, manufacturing work, farm work and the like. And indeed, the most serious work injuries typically arise in these sectors.
Yet individuals who work in offices, spending the majority of time sitting at their desks, are at risk of developing a surprising array of debilitating injuries. Indeed, musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendon damage occur frequently. Workers who incur such injuries are often entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, a skilled and experienced attorney may be crucial to any efforts to receive such restitution.
The attorneys at Parthemos & Curran, PLLC, can help. We have more than 75 years of combined experience assisting individuals in Winchester, Prince William County and throughout northern Virginia in the workers’ compensation matters. Providing guidance at every step of the claims filing process — from the initial application on through any necessary appeals — we are rigorous in our advocacy of our clients’ interests.
Legal Support For A Comprehensive Array Of Workplace Injuries
Our lawyers offer guidance in the aftermath of a full spectrum of office-related injuries, including:
- Slip-and-falls — Falls are the most common office accident, and the most likely to lead to serious injury. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, office workers are more than twice as likely as nonoffice workers to be disabled in a workplace fall.
- Ergonomics-related injuries — Office workers sit at desks. Oftentimes, desk stations are not properly fitted to workers’ bodies. This can lead to muscle strain and repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, neck and back damage and related concerns.
- Lifting injuries — Whether carrying reams of paper or moving a desktop computer from one place to another, office workers are often tasked with carrying heavy loads. Not uncommonly, this can lead to knee strains, back pains and other injuries that can prevent one from returning to work.
- Premises liability — Employers are required to maintain reasonably safe premises. Work areas must be adequately lit; office equipment must meet safety standards; conference rooms, cubicles, cafeterias and other areas must not present any unusual danger. Yet employers routinely flout such standards, and injuries ensue.
Protecting Your Interests
If you have suffered an office injury, reach out to our firm for help. We offer free initial consultations, so we can inform you of your options before you have any obligation to retain us.