There are a few common legal issues for reporting injuries from poorly designed workspaces. First, there is the challenge of identifying the injury and reporting it within the acceptable period of time. An employee shouldn’t hesitate to make the report as soon as they know that they have an injury and that their poorly designed workspace caused it.
It’s the responsibility of the employee to prove that the injury happened because of work. Of course, in the case of a poorly designed workspace, this isn’t always a straightforward task. For example, a worker might spend their day typing on a computer. They might develop carpal tunnel syndrome. However, the person might also spend time typing or scrolling on a phone at home. The employer might try and challenge the fact that the job is workplace-related.
However, there are things that the worker can do to prove their case. They can enlist the right medical experts to verify that the injury is work-related. These experts can speak to the person’s specific injuries and provide insight into how the injuries occurred because of their work tasks. This information can mean the difference between deserved compensation and no compensation at all. An attorney for ergonomic injuries workers’ compensation can help the injured worker gather this kind of evidence.