In his farewell address to shareholders, former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos delved deeply into the topic of musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace. Corporations need to be aware of this topic because of the burden of expense these injuries place on a company. In Kansas and throughout the country, thousands of workers are affected by musculoskeletal injuries in warehouses, offices and in-home office workplaces.
What are musculoskeletal injuries?
Musculoskeletal injuries account for a significant portion of workers’ compensation claims. Musculoskeletal disorders have no specific origin but can affect certain populations differently. Older workers seem to be more susceptible to such disorders. Younger workers also experience musculoskeletal disorders but will often push through or conceal the pain, which could aggravate the condition even more.
Can injured employees receive workers’ compensation payments?
If you’re performing duties for your employer, you’re eligible to receive workers’ compensation payments after being injured. These payments should cover medical care to treat your injury, and you may also receive compensation for your missed wages while you’re at home recovering.
Your employer should provide a safe environment, but injuries can still occur. Musculoskeletal disorders don’t necessarily happen because of obstructions in the walkway or falling objects; these injuries could result from repeated overuse of a limb or body part. Warehouse workers who must continually bend and lift items are likely to be injured in this way.
If you have been injured and wonder whether you are entitled to compensation, seek the advice of a skilled attorney. A lawyer who knows workplace injury laws for warehouse workers may be your greatest ally in filing a workers’ comp claim quickly and accurately.