One of the most common injuries reported by workers is overexertion on the job. Overexertion often includes injuries caused by repetitive motion, heavy lifting in the workplace, or stressing and straining muscles and joints due to required job duties.
Every day across the country, people get up and head to work, ready to perform the tasks required of them at their jobs. While some people head to labor-intensive jobs like carpentry, construction, and warehouse, while others may head to restaurants, office buildings, and other vocations.
While most people assume that people with jobs that require a lot of manual labor are the most likely to be injured on the job, the truth is that workers of any vocation can be injured on the job.
Fortunately, symptoms of overexertion can be avoided simply by following several important tips.
Knowing how to properly lift a heavy object will do more to prevent back injury than anything else.
Before you lift something, make sure it’s not too heavy to lift by yourself. Ask someone for help if you are not confident in your ability to lift the object safely.
Make sure the weight of the object is balanced and secure; Shifting during the lift can inflict unforeseen stress on your back and spine.
Wear gripping gloves if necessary, just make sure you have a firm grip on the object. Use carry handles or straps when available.
Before lifting, make sure you have a clear and planned path, as it can be difficult to see the ground if the object is large. Don’t rush when you get up. By taking your time, you will be able to gauge your body’s response to weight.
And above all, remember to lift with your legs, not your back. Bend your knees and keep your back straight and your head up. Keep the object close to your body while carrying it and don’t hesitate to put the object down if you start to feel tired or sore.
If a worker sustains an overexertion injury on the job, they may be eligible for compensation
Workers’ compensation coverage exists to protect employees from injuries on the job. Companies carry such coverage to provide financial assistance to workers who are injured on the job or in work-related accidents. Such protection typically helps an employer avoid costly lawsuits and will help support employees in the event of an accident.
If a worker sustains an injury due to overexertion, it may be difficult for them to work. Sore or injured limbs and muscles can be difficult to move and may be too painful or painful to operate for a while. Injuries caused by overexertion may require simple bed rest and recovery, or may be more serious if damage was done to muscles, nerves, or tendons.
Workers’ compensation coverage may provide financial assistance for doctor visits and required medical treatments. Employees may be required to submit medical records documenting visits, or may be required to see company-recommended physicians to ensure that their claims are valid.
If your employer mistakenly denies your claim, your employer may be able to take legal action to get you the compensation you need. You may be able to argue your case and get your employer to take a closer look at your workers’ compensation claim. And contact an experienced law firm!