Raleigh Office Injury Lawyers
Were you hurt in an accident in your office? The Raleigh workplace injuries attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC have extensive experience helping injured office workers get the compensation they deserve. We know that you never anticipated getting hurt at your workplace, but when an injury accident happens, you deserve to have an experienced and compassionate legal team on your side to get you the benefits you need to recover, pay your medical expenses, and get back to work as soon as possible.
At Scudder Seguin, PLLC, we have been helping the workers of North Carolina get the compensation they deserve for over 25 years. In addition to our decades of experience, you can trust that we have the knowledge to see your case through because we have multiple attorneys who are Board Certified Specialists in Workers Compensation Law. If you have been hurt or developed any work-related illness or injury, contact the Raleigh office injury lawyers of Scudder Seguin, PLLC, by calling us at (919) 851-3311, filling out a contact form, or by starting an online chat now. We can help you to identify and pursue the forms of compensation and benefits to which you are entitled.
Common Office-Related Injuries
Through research and analysis conducted in the past century, there is a much better and broader understanding of the problems and injuries that are likely to occur in an office setting. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that roughly 76,000 office workers nationwide suffer from disabling injuries each year. While working in an office may not lend itself to the same type of injuries an individual working in construction will face, office injuries are still somewhat common. Among the most frequent office injuries are:
- Repetitive Strain Injuries (such as bursitis, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome): Repetitive strain injuries can result from typing for prolonged periods of time without rest, staring at a computer screen for too long without looking away, and improper ergonomics. It is important to take breaks and use as little force as necessary when doing things like typing and stapling with you hands and wrists.
- Slip and Fall Injuries: According to the Center for Disease Control, office workers are two to two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer from a disabling fall than workers in other sectors. The most common causes of office falls include the following:
- Tripping over an open desk drawer or file cabinet, tripping over electrical wires, loose carpeting, or objects in hallways
- Bending or reaching for something while seated in an unstable chair
- Using a chair or other unstable piece of office furniture to stand on (instead of using a ladder), while getting something that is overhead
- Slipping on wet floors
- Inadequate lighting
- Lifting Injuries: Even lifting something light can cause back, neck, and shoulder injuries. Before lifting something, determine if it is too heavy for you to lift on your own. If it is, ask for help. If you decide to lift something on your own, remember to use good form and lift using the strength of your legs, not by straining your back.
- Back Injuries: While back injuries can occur from lifting objects that are too heavy or lifting with poor form, they can also result from sitting for long periods of time and having poor posture while seated. It is recommended that you adjust your chair so that your feet can rest flat on the ground. Also, if possible, get up every 30 minutes and stretch.
- Head and Brain Injuries: While falling is the most common way to injure your head and brain at work, surprisingly, a lot of people may also injure their head and brain by bumping into objects in the office, having a door open unexpectedly in their face, and having objects fall from overhead spaces.
Office injuries are more common than most people may think, and they often come with serious medical consequences. Office injuries can result from accidents or the repetitive nature of work that cause prolonged strain on isolated muscle groups. If you have become ill or been injured in an office-related accident, contact the knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC today.
Compensation for Your Office Injury
In North Carolina, workers’ compensation law requires employers with three or more employees to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation insurance covers injuries or illnesses that are the result of an office-related accident or an occupational disease. If you are injured or become ill at work, seek medical attention immediately, tell the doctor that your injury or illness occurred at work, and let them know where you work. Additionally, within 30 days of your injury or the onset of your illness, you must make a written and oral statement to your employer letting them know about your work-related injury or illness and the facts and circumstance that brought about your issues.
If you have been injured or become ill at work, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your medical treatment and for your lost wages through a claim of temporary or permanent disability.
- Medical Treatment: While your employer or employer’s insurance is required to pay all medical expenses related to an office-related injury or illness, they may require that you see a certain doctor. You may appeal this to the North Carolina Industrial Commission, but this may take time and delay your treatment. The attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC can help expedite this process.
- Temporary Disability: If you are unable to work for more than seven days because of an office-related injury or illness, you can receive temporary disability. Temporary disability entitles you to two-thirds of your regular pay (up to a maximum of $992 weekly). You can receive these benefits until you can return to work or until you have reached the maximum medical improvement, meaning you are as well as you are going to get with medical treatment.
- Permanent Disability: If you are unable to return to work but have reached the maximum medical improvement, you may apply for permanent disability. Once you have reached maximum medical improvement, your doctor will give you a permanent impairment rating. Using this rating, the North Carolina Industrial Commission will determine whether you are totally disabled or partially disabled. If you are totally disabled, you will be awarded the same amount of money you received under temporary disability for the remainder of your life. If you are deemed to be partially disabled, you will receive a set amount that is based on a schedule and depends on your injury and its severity.
If you are unsatisfied with a finding of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, there are appeal processes. Knowing how to proceed with a workers’ compensation insurance claim can be confusing; there are many steps to take to file a claim, and they all must be done within stipulated time frames. If you are suffering from a work-related injury or illness, you should be focused on healing, not on insurance claims. That’s why the experienced attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC are here to help.
For your family’s sake, we strongly recommend that you speak with an experienced workplace injury lawyer so that you do not unintentionally lose benefits that you may be due if you have been hurt in your office. Contact the Raleigh office injury lawyers of Scudder Seguin, PLLC, at (919) 851-3311 today to gain a committed ally in your legal and claims filings.