Hazards of the Job: Workers’ Compensation for Teachers

February 18, 2016

Teachers have demanding jobs. They are responsible for the education of the next generation of adults. The work environment can be stressful for this reason alone, but the field of education offers many other hazards and risks to both mental and physical health. Here in Philadelphia, there have been many incidents in the news about teachers being the victims of physical assaults, which is covered by workers’ compensation as well.

Teaching carries unexpected risks

Teaching can be physically challenging. Instructors spend much of their time standing, and may have to bend, stretch, and lift to use educational aids. Even sitting at a desk can create back problems, while constant reading can create eyestrain and lead to headaches. Computer use can cause repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.

In addition to common slip and fall hazards and repetitive stress injuries, teachers are at risk of bacterial and viral infections from the large numbers of students in class. A study from BMC Public Health found that teachers have a higher risk of certain physical ailments. Contracting an illness on the job can require medical attention, and may entitle you to workers compensation benefits.

However, the largest threat to teachers may be stress. Sources of workplace stress for teachers can include increased class sizes, student performance objectives, lack of control over work hours and methods, lack of student motivation, difficulty working with parents, lack of professional recognition, and inadequate salary.

The Mayo Clinic lists the following effects that stress can have on your body and behavior:

  • Headache
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Upset Stomach
  • Over- or under-eating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Social withdrawal

Teachers can suffer any number of problems stemming from work. However, claiming workers’ compensation benefits for some conditions can be extremely complicated. The experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates can help get you the compensation you deserve for your injury or illness.

If you are a union member, we will work with your union reps to help you fight for your rights. However, even with the union on your side, it may be difficult to claim workers’ compensation benefits in certain cases. The lawyers Larry Pitt & Associates will work with your union and fight for your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer. We are proud to serve teachers in and around berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.