Overexertion and Workplace Injuries

Overexertion is engaging in excessive amounts of strenuous activity. If you feel more than tired at the end of the workday and your body is suffering, you may be suffering from overexertion.

Examples of Overexertion in the Workplace

Overexertion is one of the most common reasons for worker’s compensation claims. Although it can occur in any job, it is most common in situations that require extensive amounts of physical labor. The top fields for overexertion claims include:

  • Construction
  • Warehouse
  • Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Trucking

Standing or sitting for long periods, along with lifting heavy objects and performing repetitive tasks, all put workers at-risk for overexertion injuries.

Injuries Caused By Overexertion

An employer should not require you to work until your body breaks down. If they do, severe injuries can occur. The most common overexertion injuries include:

  • Sprains & strains
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Leg injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Hernias

Over time, overexertion can also cause injuries such as arthritis and carpal tunnel that require ongoing treatment. As soon as you experience an injury in the workplace related to overexertion, it is in your best interest to seek the advice of an experienced workers compensation attorney and medical treatment.

Preventing Overexertion Injuries

If you work on a job that requires extensive physical activity, there are measures you can take to avoid overexertion. Many employers provide their employees with the appropriate reprieve and tools to help alleviate pressure on their bodies. If your employer does not, inquire with the HR department about obtaining the proper allowances and equipment. Here are a few tips to avoid overexertion:

  • Take frequent breaks
  • Practice the proper lifting techniques
  • Adjust your desk or chair to be ergonomically correct
  • Regularly stretch your muscles
  • Get the appropriate amount of sleep
  • Fuel your body with healthy foods and water during the workday
  • Talk to your employer when you feel overexerted

By following these simple tips and asking your employer to implement appropriate measures to avoid overexertion, you can prevent long-term pain and suffering.

File Your Workers Compensation Claim For Overexertion

According to the National Safety Council, overexertion causes 35% of all work-related injuries and is, by far, the largest contributor to workers’ compensation costs.  It also is the #1 reason for lost workdays.

If your doctor or medical provider believes that you’ve experienced an injury from overexertion in the workplace, it is time to file a worker’s compensation claim. The right attorney will be able to walk you through the claim process and ensure you are getting the services you deserve. Negotiations for worker’s comp claims can include payment for medical bills, compensation for time off work, and plans for ongoing medical treatment and recovery.

At Patch & FitzGerald, we put our clients first.  Attorney John FitzGerald has over 30 years of experience with workers’ compensation claims. He takes time to get to know you and your situation so we can provide the best solution. For a free case evaluation, call 603-647-2600 or contact us online today.

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