Most office workers do not see their jobs as dangerous. Most certainly do not face the severe hazards that construction workers or miners face on a daily basis. Still, the fact remains that countless employment-related injuries and illnesses occur regularly in offices. Even though Alabama workers’ compensation can provide financial relief for these workplace injuries, accident prevention is a better choice, whenever possible.
Recognizing Common Types of Office Injuries
Danger does not discriminate. An impressive executive office in Tuscaloosa may have as many hazards as a row of cubicles in Birmingham, so all workers need to be able to spot risky situations anywhere. While a workplace injury may qualify for compensation, an experienced lawyer would say that the best workplace accident is one that never happens. Some good advice comes from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which identifies a number of common hazards, including the following:
Many Injured Office Workers Have a Right to Compensation
Office injuries can easily stem from negligence on the part of the employer or the worker, but questions of fault typically have no bearing on Alabama workers’ compensation claims. Still, things can go wrong that prevent employees from obtaining the full compensation they deserve.
In some cases, the employer can claim that a worker intentionally caused an accident or that the injuries were caused by intoxication. At other times, compensation can end prematurely under the presumption that a worker is in a suitable condition to return to work. Workers do not generally have the power needed to fight employers or insurance companies in these situations. A Tuscaloosa workplace injury lawyer can help level the playing field to pursue the full compensation they deserve.
Recognizing hidden dangers: 25 steps to a safer office, June 1, 2011, Safety + Health, National Safety Council
UAB Workplace Safety Center Works to Prevent On the Job Accidents, Tuscaloosa Workers’ Compensation/Work Injury Blog
Work Accidents in Tuscaloosa and Elsewhere Targeted through Month-Long NSC Campaign, Tuscaloosa Workers’ Compensation/Work Injury Blog
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