As a teacher, it's likely that you will regard your profession as relatively low-risk when compared to other jobs. However, teaching does have some physical risks associated with it, and you should never hesitate to assert your rights to claim workers' compensation in Maryland if you were injured in the workplace.
Many teachers refrain from claiming workers' compensation because they fear that doing so will negatively affect their careers. In addition, many workers who are suffering from strains and muscle pains do not realize that their injury occurred at work. It is important to learn more about the physical risks associated with teaching, and the legal protections in place that can protect you from retaliation.
Repetitive strain injuries
One of the most common physical complaints among teachers is repetitive strain injuries from leading classes. Writing on the classroom board for multiple hours per day can lead to arm and wrist strains that can be painful. Sitting at the desk and using the computer for prolonged periods of time can also lead to back and neck problems.
If you spend your workdays standing up in front of class teaching, you may not even be fully aware of the time you spend standing. When you spend several hours per day standing for months or years, this can have a profound impact on your body. You may start to notice that you are suffering from hip, back or neck pain. You may not necessarily attribute these pains to your work, but it is likely that this is where you acquired the injury.
Legal protection from retaliation
As a worker, you have the right to make a claim for workers' compensation without fear of retaliatory action. This means that if your career does suffer in any way due to making the claim, you may be able to take legal action to enforce your rights.
It's important that you understand how workers' compensation works in Maryland before taking action to make a claim. If your claim is successful, you will receive full coverage of all medical costs, as well as compensation for a portion of the wages you lost due to taking unpaid leave.