It is not uncommon for any number of blue-collar workers to be injured on the job. Many blue-collar jobs involve heavy lifting, twisting and turning, heavy machinery operation, and more. The circumstances surrounding a blue-collar job simply make them more prone to injury on a relatively frequent basis. But what about white-collar workers? How prone to injury are they? If injured, are they entitled to the same Workers’ Compensation as blue-collar workers?
The answer is a resounding yes! In North Carolina, as long as no pre-existing condition contributed to the injury or pain suffered from it, and all the necessary paperwork has been filled out and filed, a white-collar worker should receive the same consideration for Workers’ Compensation.
Blue-Collar Injuries Versus White-Collar Injuries
Having everything to do with what kind of physical labor is involved, when people think about on-the-job injuries, blue-collar workers come to mind most frequently. It likely has everything to do with the arduous tasks they are expected to perform every day. Industrial field employees, warehouse workers, construction workers, and other jobs involving physical labor make up a large percentage of Workers’ Compensation cases.
This is not to say, however, that workplace dangers are not faced by white-collar workers. Injuries can still be suffered, even in an office. North Carolina office-based companies and other white-collar settings are covered by Workers’ Comp insurance, as long as three employees or more work there.
What can happen to a white-collar worker that would cause an injury covered by Workers’ Compensation? While on company property, a white-collar worker could take a bad fall, contract an occupational disease, slip on the wet tile, or hurt their back while bending over to pick something up. Exposure to harmful chemicals, travel related injuries, and repetitive strains also go hand-in-hand with some office jobs.
If white-collar workers receive any of the above on-the-job injuries, their medical bills, lost wages, and related expenses are covered under Workers’ Compensation.
Most Common White-Collar Injuries
There are number of on-the-job injuries that are most common in the white-collar world. Many of the injuries you will see below can be traced back to the fact that more and more white-collar workers are required to stare at a computer all day. Without an ergonomically correct chair and positioning, undue strain is put on certain parts of the body. Constantly staring at a computer also takes a toll mentally, on your eyes, and more. Frequent on-the-job white-collar injuries are as follows:
- Headaches and migraines
- Vision problems
- Hand injuries
- Neck pain
- Back pain
Many of the above listed white-collar on-the-job injuries occur as a direct result of repeated strain on ligaments, tendons, a group of muscles, or a single muscle. By no means does the above list cover every injury that can be sustained in a white-collar environment, however.
In numerous Workers’ Compensation cases, Cardinal Law Partners has represented blue-collar workers, white-collar workers, management personnel, and more. If you’ve been injured on the job, you deserve to have your rights represented by an established, knowledgeable, and experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney. For a free consultation, contact us today.