According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics,1 private employers reported almost three million nonfatal workplace injuries during 2014. While most people tend to think of high-risk industries such as construction or logging when they considering work-related injuries, injury-causing accidents can occur anywhere. In fact, even the most seemingly innocuous of work environments, such as the typical modern American office, can be full of potential hazards that can cause serious injury to employees.
When workers are injured in accidents at work or develop occupational diseases related to their work environment, they are generally entitled to benefits through Delaware’s Workers’ Compensation Program. Consequently, anyone that has been injured in a workplace accident should talk to an attorney about their situation as soon as possible.
What kinds of accidents can leave office workers with serious injuries?
The kinds of accidents that can cause injury in an office environment are similar to those that can cause injury elsewhere. Some of the more common kinds of accidents that often result in injury include the following:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Accidents involving cutting tools
- Elevator accidents
- Accidents involving harmful chemicals
- Escalator accidents
- Kitchen accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Accidents involving workplace tools
- In addition to the hazards posed by accidents, offices can also have certain conditions that may cause people to develop serious occupational illnesses or medical conditions as a result of repeated exposure over a long period of time. Examples of these kinds of conditions include air pollution, exposure to asbestos in older buildings, defective or improperly designed office furniture, and poor lighting conditions.
What kind of injuries can office workers sustain in accidents?
Office workers can sustain a variety of serious injuries in accidents that occur while they are at work. Some of the more common of these injuries include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries,2 also often referred to as TBIs, are a type of injury that can occur when a person hits his or her head with sufficient force as to cause an injury to the brain. These kinds of injuries disrupt the normal functioning of the brain and can leave victims with significant and long-term disabilities.
- Spinal cord injuries – Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) occur when trauma to the spinal cord causes damage and interferes with its ability to carry signals between the brain and the rest of the body. In particularly severe SCI cases, the spinal cord is completely unable to transmit sensory and motor nerve impulses between the brain and the rest of the body. When this occurs, victims are generally paralyzed below the site of the injury.
- Burns – Accidents like explosions and fires have the potential to leave victims with significant burns. Burns can be extremely painful and leave victims with significant scarring that can have a substantial impact on their emotional well-being.
- Soft tissue injuries – Soft tissue injuries are a broad category of injury that can affect a person’s muscles, tendons, ligaments, and skin. In serious cases, these injuries can be extremely painful and require intensive medical attention and treatment.
Contact a Delaware workers’ compensation lawyer today to schedule a free consultation
Individuals who have developed occupational illnesses or who have been injured in workplace accidents in the course of their employment are often entitled to significant compensation. Importantly, while the kinds of illnesses and injuries sustained commonly by office workers may not seem as catastrophic or serious as those commonly sustained by individuals in other work environments, they are nonetheless compensable and entitle victims to benefits. For this reason, anyone hurt in an office accident should talk to an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a case evaluation with an experienced Delaware workers’ compensation attorney, call Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky today at 302-364-6047. Individuals who would prefer to reach us via email can fill out and submit our online contact form available here.