Ever since COVID-19 started, workplace injuries are on the rise. During a virtual event organized by VelocityEHS, almost 500 attendees were polled on work related injuries and COVID-19, more specifically on topics such as worker stress and muscular discomfort.
Eighty-nine percent reported that their workers were going through the same. When asked if they expected workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) to reduce or expand when all employees return to work, 95% thought they would either stay the same or increase.
Many workers were immediately asked to work from home when the pandemic started and they didn’t get any suitable equipment.
And although working from home seems to be safe and workers aren’t exposed to any injuries, things are different. The fact that a person works from home, doesn’t mean that they can’t injure themselves or develop an occupational illness.
The only problem here may be the fact that the injury might occur at any time. You can work on your computer and develop carpal tunnel syndrome, just as it could happen when you’re in the office.
During these times most companies prefer to have the work continue, so working from home is a reasonable option.
Clear statistics on the link between work related injuries and COVID-19 are not available yet. If you are a worker who has continued working from home and got an injury during your working hours, don’t fear about your settlement. Most companies are willing to pay the workers’ compensation claim.
If you believe that you might have issues getting your claim, or fear that you can’t prove that your injury occurred while you were working, you should consult with a workers’ compensation attorney. Your lawyer will review your case and tell you what you can expect. If it’s necessary, they’ll help you file the lawsuit and will seek the compensation on your behalf.
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