In the hustle and bustle of our daily work routines, it’s easy to overlook the silent threat that exists in many workplaces: overexertion. Would it surprise you to learn that overexertion is the leading cause of workplace injuries in the United States? Despite its prevalence, overexertion often goes unnoticed until it’s too late, resulting in painful injuries, mounting medical costs, and more.


What is Overexertion?

Overexertion occurs when employees strain themselves beyond their physical limits while performing work-related tasks. This can include lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, or even repetitive motions such as typing or assembly line work. It often leads to musculoskeletal injuries such as strains, sprains, and tears, affecting various parts of the body including the back, shoulders, neck, and wrists.


Causes of Overexertion

Several factors contribute to overexertion injuries in the workplace:


Poor Ergonomics: Workstations that are not properly designed or adjusted to fit the needs of employees can increase the risk of overexertion. Improperly positioned chairs, desks, or computer monitors can lead to awkward postures and repetitive strain injuries.


Heavy Lifting: Jobs that involve frequent lifting of heavy objects without proper training or equipment put workers at risk of overexertion. Improper lifting techniques can strain muscles and lead to serious injuries.


Fatigue: Employees who are tired or overworked are more prone to overexertion injuries as fatigue can impair judgment and reduce physical strength, increasing the likelihood of accidents.


Lack of Training: Insufficient training on proper lifting techniques and ergonomic practices can leave employees vulnerable to overexertion injuries. Employers must provide comprehensive training to ensure that workers understand how to perform their tasks safely.


Injured at Work? Here’s What to Do Next


Seek Immediate Medical Attention:

The first and most important step is to seek medical attention. Even if your injury seems minor at first, it’s essential to have it evaluated by a healthcare professional to determine the extent of the damage and receive appropriate treatment. Delaying medical care could worsen your condition and prolong your recovery time.


Report the Injury to Your Employer:

Once you’ve received medical treatment, report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. Most workplaces have specific procedures for reporting injuries, so familiarize yourself with your company’s protocol and follow it accordingly.


Document the Incident:

Keep detailed records of the circumstances surrounding your injury, including what task you were performing, how it occurred, and any contributing factors such as equipment malfunctions or inadequate training. Take photographs if possible, and collect witness statements if there were coworkers present when the injury occurred. This documentation may be invaluable if you need to file a workers’ compensation claim or pursue legal action.


Consider Legal Representation:

If your workplace injury was severe or resulted from employer negligence or safety violations, you may be entitled to additional compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. An experienced attorney can evaluate your case, advise you of your legal options, and help you navigate the complexities of the legal process. They can also advocate on your behalf to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries and losses.


Focus on Recovery:

Lastly, prioritize your physical and emotional well-being as you recover from your workplace injury. Follow your doctor’s recommendations, attend all necessary appointments, and take time to rest and recuperate. Lean on your support network for assistance and encouragement, and don’t hesitate to seek professional help if you’re struggling with pain, stress, or anxiety related to your injury.



Despite preventive measures, workplace injuries due to overexertion can still occur. In such cases, injured workers have the right to seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our experienced team at Hyberg, White, and Mann is dedicated to helping injured workers navigate the legal process and obtain the compensation they deserve. Call us at (609) 407-1000 for a free consultation.

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