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Some of the common injuries teachers experience at work

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2023 | Workers' Compensation |

Teaching is not something that tends to come to mind when thinking about dangerous professions. There’s no requirement to handle machinery or tools which can lead to accidents experienced by those working in construction, for example. 

Having said that, teachers do find themselves injured at work. Many suffer from both mental and physical illness or injury at some point in their careers. Fortunately, Virginia’s worker’s compensation laws provide comfort for teachers who suffer workplace injuries. 

Sprains, broken bones and fractures 

In a school environment, 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 which, in turn, causes injuries like sprains, fractures, and broken bones.

Stress, anxiety and depression 

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 syndrome 

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 pursue the money you require and deserve while you recover by filing a worker’s compensation claim.