Construction workers and manufacturing plant employees are not the only workers who sustain injury in Philadelphia’s workforce. Although we often do not consider technology industry workers, like computer programmers, software developers, systems analysts, and database administrators, to be “laborers” in the traditional sense, employment in technologies can be just as demanding on a body as any other form of work.
Philadelphia’s Technology Injuries & Workers Compensation Law
Unlike most injuries that occur within the industries depending on physical labor, those in the information technology industry are not “announced” by a traumatic accident. Instead, technology work is plagued by “chronic” conditions, injuries and disorders that result from an accumulation of actions, behaviors, and environmental factors over time.
Many injured technology industry employees in Philadelphia believe that they must suffer in silence. But many of the disorders caused by working conditions in the technology sector are appropriate for Pennsylvania workers compensation cases. But the literature on information technology-related injuries is still developing and this makes workers comp claims for conditions like repetitive stress injury and chronic back pain difficult for a novice workers comp lawyer to pursue.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
Do you sit at a computer all day? Is the only exercise you get during the work day the occasional use of a mouse? As workers in the technology industry, your fingers, hands, and elbows are all at risk for repetitive stress injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel is caused by repetitive motions of the hand and wrist, most commonly typing on a computer. The repeated movements compress the median nerve, a nerve running from the neck through the wrist and branching out into the fingers. By typing with your wrist bent, the median nerve can become pinched, causing severe pain, weakness, and numbness.
In many Philadelphia workers compensation claim, carpal tunnel syndrome falls somewhere between “accident” and “occupational disease.” Thankfully, most judges in Philadelphia construe carpal tunnel as an occupational disease, so a workers compensation attorney does not need to prove that the disorder’s onset was sudden or violent.
Chronic Back Pain
Sitting in a chair at a desk all day can be a pain. But back pain isn’t something you should have to live with. Unfortunately, back pain is surprisingly common. In fact, the National Institutes of Health reports that 8 out of 10 Americans suffer from back pain. The spine supports the entire body and, while many of us spend our workdays in specially-designed ergonomic chairs, its proper alignment is rarely maintained. A cramped posture places strain on muscles and spinal discs. Eventually discs can rupture or bulge outwards, placing pressure on spinal nerves and causing severe, chronic pain.
But research shows that even leisure activities, like lounging on the couch, can place undue stress on the back. In order to fully prove that your chronic back pain is caused more by work-related conditions than anything else, an experienced Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer must investigate your work environment thoroughly.
Contact A Philadelphia Workers Compensation Lawyer
Do you work in Philadelphia’s technology industry? Are you suffering from symptoms of a medical condition that you believe to be related to your employment or working conditions? Contact the workers comp lawyers at Disability Law Advocates Group, P.C. today for a free consultation.
Our workers compensation attorneys have helped Philadelphia’s employees receive the compensation they deserve for decades. Whether you’re preparing your first claim, or appealing a workers comp claim denial, our lawyers are here to help. And you pay us nothing until we return a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf. Call (215) 563-0600 or complete our contact form to begin reviewing your legal options.