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Workplace design may lead to pain for radiologists

Changes in how radiologists do their jobs could cause these Pennsylvania professionals to experience neck and back pain. Those who operate in picture archiving and communication spend less time in front of patients and more time in front of a computer. As work areas are not necessarily designed in an ergonomic manner, a worker could be forced to sit in an awkward position.

In some cases, injuries such as "computer back" or "mouse shoulder" are attributed to the fact that workers aren't taking breaks or otherwise moving out of uncomfortable positions for long periods of time. Those who are in pain are less likely to feel good about the work that they do. For radiologists, not enjoying the job could lead to burnout. However, by understanding what causes the pain, it could be possible to institute a culture change that allows radiologists to feel better about their work.

Is it possible to sue an employer after suffering a work injury?

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that provides wage replacement and covers medical expenses for employees injured on the job. In exchange for the coverage no matter who was at fault, employees abdicate their right to sue the employer for negligence. Deviation from workers’ compensation allows the injured person to explore other avenues for compensation.

Financial limitations of workers’ compensation

Back injuries and workers’ compensation

Back pain results from damage to the soft tissue and muscles supporting the spine, tendons and ligaments. The spine depends on the surrounding muscles and soft tissues to hold the spine upright, support body weight and perform basic movements.

Muscle strain or lumbar sprains from overuse or overextension results in the muscle or ligament tissue tearing. The resulting discomfort ranges from a dull ache to shooting pains.

Some fundamentals of Pennsylvania workers' compensation

If you've been in the workforce a long time and suffered an injury on the job, maybe you have a handle on some of the ins and outs of workers' compensation in Pennsylvania. Most hard-working individuals in the state, though, have never had to confront this complicated system. Even if you have, it can be unwise to presume that your next experience will be the same as your last.

While the law of the state requires employers to provide no-fault workers' compensation coverage, the statutes do allow for some exceptions. Failure to understand the limitations could leave you ineligible for benefits. Additionally, insurance plans can vary and the administrating companies of the plans have strong incentive to deny benefits if they feel they can do so legally.

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