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Common Office-Related Work Injuries

Common Office-Related Work Injuries

Workers Compensation Attorney

When many people think about work accidents, they likely imagine factories and construction sites. However, it’s possible to suffer an accident in just about any work environment, including offices. Even though offices may seem like safe and quiet places, workers can still suffer injuries if proper precautions aren’t taken.

Here are the most common office-related work injuries

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can happen in any work environment, even offices. If there’s a liquid spill in the employee breakroom or exposed power cords, for example, employees can slip and fall and suffer various injuries, including broken bones and head injuries.

To prevent these types of accidents, office employees should become more aware of their surroundings and report hazardous situations, like liquid spills, to their supervisor as soon as possible.

Eye Strain

Office employees who work in front of a computer all day may eventually develop eye strain. This can lead to eye fatigue and irritation. Employees can reduce the risk of eye strain by using blinds or curtains to block outdoor light and taking short breaks from the computer every hour.

Back Pain

Sitting for long periods of time can take a toll on the back after a while. To prevent back pain, office employees should practice proper posture when sitting at their desks. They should always sit up straight with their shoulders pulled back. Getting a standing desk may also be helpful.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is common among office workers and causes tingling, pain and numbness in the hand and forearm. Office workers who have to perform repetitive tasks, like typing, should take frequent breaks to stretch their hands. Using a wrist rest can also reduce strain on the hands and wrists.


Tendinitis is a condition that causes inflammation or irritation of a tendon. The most common types of tendinitis affect the knees, elbows, wrists and shoulders. Rest and physical therapy are frequently the best treatment for this condition. 

What to Do If You Suffered an Injury at Work

Some common office injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome and back pain, occur gradually, so they can be trickier to prove. As soon as you notice that you’re injured, report it to your supervisor. He or she will file a workers’ compensation claim on your behalf and have you see a certain doctor.

It’s also important to discuss your case with a qualified workers compensation attorney, like one from Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C.