Work-Related Computer Injuries Increase at 'Alarming' Rate
Posted on Jan 02, 2013
It should come as no surprise that the U.S. health care industry is going high tech. The good news is that this will reduce errors and lower costs. The bad news is that more doctors and nurses are likely to develop musculoskeletal injuries.
Many hospitals are investing heavily in new technology without thinking about ergonomic design. The idea behind ergonomic equipment is to make workers more productive by reducing fatigue and discomfort. In a recent study, 179 physicians were asked about their musculoskeletal discomfort, computer use at work, knowledge of ergonomics, and typing skills. More than 40 percent reported repetitive strain in the neck, shoulder, or upper/lower back on a weekly basis.
“These rates are alarming. When more than 40 percent of employees are complaining about regular problems, that’s a sign something needs to be done to address it,” said Alan Hedge, professor of human factors and ergonomics at Cornell University.
No matter what your job is, your work activities may cause you to have a repetitive strain injury. If this happens, you can file a NJ workers’ compensation claim. The workers’ compensation program is designed to protect you. You may be entitled to benefits that cover your medical bills or pay for your lost time at work. If you have a permanent injury, you may also be entitled to a cash settlement.
If you are a victim of a repetitive strain or computer injury in the workplace, consult with a Morris County Workers’ Compensation lawyer. Manfred Ricciardelli has seen these cases before. He knows how to deal with employers who resort to scare tactics to stop workers from filing for benefits. We can help you get the resources you need to recover. Contact us today at 973-285-1100 to schedule your free initial consultation. As always, we charge nothing for our services unless we win your case.