As more and more American jobs require workers to sit behind a computer for hours on end, there is an increase in computer-related injuries.
Most American households own at least one computer connected to the internet. It’s very difficult to imagine life without it, and the trend is mirrored by businesses that require computers to prosper.
As more and more American jobs require workers to sit behind a computer for hours on end, there is an increase in computer-related injuries. Though not the first example you’d think about on the topic of workplace injuries, they are nothing to ignore. Here are the ones you should give some serious thought.
1. Carpal Tunnel
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve is compressed when it passes through your wrist. It can cause tingling or numbness, and can even lower the use of the hand, as it may become difficult to grasp things or move your hand normally.
It can be caused by using a mouse repeatedly and placing too much stress on your median nerve.
2. Back Issues
If you sit in front of a computer for many hours, over time you can begin to experience back pain, mostly because of the bad posture you have while performing your tasks. Most people cannot sit up straight while behind the desk, or do not give their posture much thought during work. However, over time, your posture can greatly deteriorate, and you can experience back muscles or joint discomfort.
3. Eyesight Issues
When working on a computer, particularly a laptop, you have to focus on the same point, placed at the same distance for long periods of time. A comfortable focus point for the human eye is often placed farther back from you, even a few feet away, but modern laptops bring the screen a lot closer to the eye.
This straining of the eye can cause fatigue and can place extra demand on your eye muscles. Over time, your eyesight could deteriorate.
4. Disc Injuries
When you sit at a desk for long hours without getting up at all, you are also straining your intervertebral discs. In most cases, this can cause some mild discomfort but, over time, it can even result in a herniated disc which may require surgery.
What Should You Do?
Taking some breaks to stretch and give your muscles and bones time to relax can be quite beneficial in avoiding these pains. However, if you do get injured, know that Missouri law states that you are eligible for workers compensation.
It’s vital to take action when you feel the first signs of discomfort. The more you wait, the worse your condition could get. Don’t assume that if your injury is not severe, or isn’t a slip and fall scenario, you won’t be taken seriously. The law protects your rights to get treatment for any injuries resulting from your work activities.
Reach out to a St. Louis workers comp attorney to see what you need to do to get these benefits. Give us a call 24/7 at (314) 361-4300 for a FREE consultation with an experienced attorney.