Recovering Benefits for Computer Injuries
December 24, 2018
Most workers in Pennsylvania are eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits for their work-related injuries and illnesses. Although physical laborers such as construction workers are at increased risk of being involved in fatal falls and equipment-related accidents, they are not the only ones at risk of being injured on the job.
Office workers also face several job hazards, such as computers, which can lead to workplace injuries of varying severity.
Types of Computer Injuries
Those who work with computers are at risk of developing computer-related work injuries. Often the result of prolonged exposure, these injuries develop over time due to repeated computer use.
Some common types of computer injuries include:
Sitting at a desk for many hours can lead to musculoskeletal injuries, which affect the muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, and other soft tissues of the body. These types of injuries commonly affect the back, shoulder, and neck. They include tendonitis, tension neck syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Musculoskeletal injuries often occur due to repeated stress from remaining in a seated position, sitting in a nonergonomic chair, or not having the computer screen at the proper level.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a well-known type of musculoskeletal injury caused when the median nerve in the hand becomes compressed. Work tasks such as typing for many hours on a computer and repeatedly grasping or moving objects may lead to CTS. Symptoms of this type of injury include tingling, pain, and numbness in the fingers and the palm of the hand, as well as decreased grip strength.
To prevent CTS, computer workers should maintain a neutral wrist position whenever possible, take frequent breaks, and stretch their wrists often.
Computer Vision Syndrome
Extended computer use can lead to computer vision syndrome, which includes symptoms such as dry eyes, blurred vision, double vision, red eyes, and eye irritation. After looking at a computer monitor for an extended time, there is a reduction in spontaneous eye blink rate, and users tend to widen their eyes, both of which can cause the eyes to dry out rapidly.
Workers who regularly use computers may also experience eye strain and visual fatigue, both of which are typically temporary and easily improved with ergonomic workspace solutions and frequent breaks.
Eye strain is just one type of stress injury that may occur from long-term computer use. Office workers, writers, and other employees who work with computers are also at risk of muscular strain injuries. If the computer screen is not at eye level and a worker must bend his or her neck too high upward or downward to look at it, then strain injuries to the neck, shoulders, or back may develop.
These types of injuries can be prevented with good posture, ergonomic chairs and workspaces, and frequent breaks.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Workers Obtain Compensation for Computer Injuries
If you suffered a computer-related work injury, contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Our skilled and experienced lawyers have represented all types of injured workers for over 35 years. For a free consultation, please complete our online contact form or call us at 888-PITT-LAW (888-748-8529).
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