When we think of worker’s comp injuries, we think of construction workers who fall several stories, or loggers who suffer from chainsaw-related injuries, or factory workers crushed between competing pieces of machinery, or fishermen impaled on industrial-sized tuna hooks.
But most worker’s comp claims come from more mundane professions – store clerks, cashiers, cart corallers, ticket agents and pharmacy technicians who suffer from musculoskeletal disorders that can be just as debilitating as being crushed under a crab trap in the Bering Sea.
Examples of musculoskeletal disorders
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers several examples of musculoskeletal disorders:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rotator cuff injury
- Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Trigger finger
- Muscle strains
- Low back injuries
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says musculoskeletal disorders accounts for 33 percent of workplace injuries.
OSHA outlines four risk factors common for retail workers:
- The amount of physical force necessary to do your job – lifting, pulling, pushing to handle merchandise or equipment
- Using the same motions for your job repeatedly
- Sitting or standing in awkward positions that put stress on the body
- Cuts and bruises from contact with hard surfaces
If you are injured at a retail job, you could get worker’s compensation for medical costs, rehabilitation, temporary disability or permanent disability, wage reimbursement and other necessary medical and lifestyle expenses.
If you are injured at work, no matter what type of job you have, it’s in your best interest to contact a qualified, experienced attorney to make sure all your needs are met.