Working long hours can take a toll on your life. It can affect your work-life balance and cause physical and mental health problems.
There’s no question that working long hours can be both physically and mentally exhausting. This article will discuss what it means to be “overworked” and whether or not it qualifies for workers’ compensation benefits. We’ll also provide tips on how to document your work hours if you feel like you are being overworked.
What Does it Mean to be “Overworked”?
There is no clear definition. However, the general consensus is that “overworked” means working more hours than what is considered to be a normal work week. For most full-time employees, a normal work week is 40 hours. So, if you are working beyond your capacity and regular working hours, you may be considered “overworked.”
Unfortunately, working long hours can take a toll on your life. It can affect your work-life balance and cause physical and mental health problems. Here are some of the potential health risks associated with being overworked:
- Sleeping problems
- Weight gain or loss
- Memory and concentration problems
- Illness such as colds or flu
- Digestive problems
- Back pain
- Heart disease
In addition to the physical and mental health risks, working long hours increases your risk of errors and workplace accidents. For example, if you are working in a factory and you are exhausted from working 12-hour shifts, you are more likely to make a mistake that could result in an injury.
Does Being Overworked Qualify for Workers Compensation?
If your employer requires you to work long hours and you are injured due to working those hours, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. For example, if you develop carpal tunnel syndrome from typing for 12 hours a day, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
However, to qualify for workers’ compensation, you must prove that your injury is work-related.
Have You Been Injured as a Result of Being Overworked? We Can Help!
If you think you are being overworked, the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at The Law Office of James. M. Hoffman can help. We can evaluate your case for free, help you navigate the legal process, collect the evidence you need to build a strong case and fight to get you the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation!
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