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What kind of injuries do teachers suffer from at work? 

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2023 | Workers' Compensation |

No one tends to think of teaching as an inherently dangerous profession. Certainly not to the levels of those working in construction or manufacturing where there’s the constant use of heavy machinery. 

Teachers do find themselves injured at work, however, with many suffering from both mental and physical illness or injury at some point in their careers. Fortunately, Rhode Island’s worker’s compensation laws provide comfort for teachers who suffer workplace injuries. 

Fractures and sprains

In a school, there are many hazards that could cause a teacher to slip and fall. Slippery surfaces brought on either poor weather or unattended spills, uneven or damaged carpeting and Items that students have dropped on the classroom floor all pose a risk. 

These conditions can all easily lead to an accident and which, in turn, causes injuries like sprains, fractures, and broken bones.

Stress and anxiety-related illness

The job of a teacher is one that often comes with a lot of stress and pressure. While not technically an illness, it is common for teachers to find themselves suffering from stress-related illnesses such as anxiety and depression. When this is significant and serious, it can result in an inability to work as a result. 

Carpal tunnel

A lot of the work teachers do, such as typing on a computer and grading papers, is repetitive. This can lead to a painful condition called carpal tunnel syndrome which is caused by an inflammation of a nerve in the wrist. It can make it very difficult, or near enough impossible, to use that hand as a result. 

A work-related injury can have a considerable negative impact on your life, both physically and financially. You can claim the money you require and deserve while you recover by filing a worker’s compensation claim.

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