Overexertion Claims and Workers Compensation
Overexertion is a classification in the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics for what causes a work related injury to a worker. When a worker is injured, the cause of the injury is put under one of these classifications in the OIICS.
Overexertion is defined as excessive exertion. Overexertion is exerting yourself too much. It is so much exertion that discomfort or injury results. Overexertion has also been defined as working beyond one’s physical capabilities.
Overexertion becomes the cause of a worker’s injury when that injury results from a worker having to strain or exert themselves too much or for too long of an extended period of time.
The sub-categories of overexertion-
Overexertion is additionally divided into some sub-categories. These are:
- Overexertion, unspecified - This is when what caused the overexertion or how the overexertion occurred is not specified.
- Overexertion in lifting - This is when the overexertion resulted from lifting an object.
- Overexertion in pulling or pushing objects
- Overexertion in holding, carrying, turning or wielding objects
- Overexertion in throwing objects
- Overexertion, n.e.c. - This is when overexertion is not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.), meaning it is not classified under one of the above sub-categories.
As can be seen through these sub-categories, overexertion can take place from many things, such as lifting, holding, throwing, pulling, pushing, carrying, wielding or throwing an object.
Overexertion can occur when a worker becomes fatigued or is asked to do a job where the human body’s capacity to finish the job is not sufficiently considered. This is when a worker tries to work beyond their physical capabilities. Overexertion can also be the result of a worker being asked to do a job that he or she has not been properly trained to do.
Overexertion is a major problem for workers in the United States. In fact, overexertion is far and away the No.1 cause of workplace injuries and is the most costly and expensive, with the cost being billions of dollars each year.
Types of Jobs With a High Risk for Overexertion Injury
Any job that requires manual labor may result in an overexertion injury, no matter how mild that manual labor may be. However, some jobs have a higher risk for an overexertion injury. Some of these are:
- Construction work
- Drywall installers
- Utility employee
- Medical and home care workers.
Possible Injuries Resulting from Overexertion
Overexertion affects people differently. However, the most common injuries that are caused by overexertion are sprains and strains, especially to the lower back. Other possible injuries from overexertion include:
- Other back injuries
- Twisted ankles
- Tendon and joint injuries
- Neck injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee or leg injuries
Can I Get Workers Comp for my Work Related Overexertion Injury
You may think that you cannot get workers comp for your injury that was a result of overexertion because this is something you were responsible for. This is not the case because workers comp is a no-fault type of business insurance. If your injury from overexertion came while you were performing your job for your employer, you are eligible to receive workers comp benefits. Complete a free evaluation to begin your workers compensation claim today.