It’s probably no surprise to hear that the U.S. healthcare industry is going high tech. There are both pros and cons to this:
- Pro: It will reduce errors and lower costs.
- Con: More doctors and nurses are likely to develop musculoskeletal injuries.
Many hospitals are investing heavily in new technology without considering ergonomic design. When equipment is “ergonomic,” it is designed to increase productivity by reducing fatigue and discomfort. In a recent study, 179 physicians were asked about their musculoskeletal discomfort, computer use at work, knowledge of ergonomics, and typing skills. More than 40 percent of physicians reported repetitive strain injuries in the neck, shoulder, or upper/lower back on a weekly basis.
“These ratings are alarming. When more than 40 percent of employees are complaining about regular problems, that’s a sign something needs to be done to address it,” said Alan Hedge, professor of human factors and ergonomics at Cornell University. He feels that workplace safety in hospitals focuses on slips and falls, but neglects the effects of computer use on the body.
Repetitive strain injuries can happen to any worker, no matter what your job is. Your work activities could cause you to be injured and require medical care. If this happens, you are entitled to file a claim to receive New Jersey workers’ compensation benefits. The workers’ compensation program is designed to protect you. You may be eligible for benefits that cover your medical bills or pay for lost wages. If you have a permanent loss of function, you may also be entitled to a cash settlement.
If you are a victim of a repetitive stress or computer injury from your job, consult with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer today.