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Workplace Disabilities That Are Often Overlooked

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Regardless of your job title, responsibilities, industry, or employer, you could suffer an on the job injury. This holds true even if you sit at a desk all day.

Of course, some work injuries are more common than others. Knowing these can go a long way in helping you prevent trouble. This holds true both as an employee and employer.

Here are three conditions that are overlooked but commonly cause a workplace disability:

-- Lower back injury. Many workers, especially those who are always lifting heavy items, suffer this type of injury at work.

-- Depression. This is something that many people overlook, but is a condition that can be dangerous on many levels.

-- Arthritis. If you don't have arthritis, it can be difficult to understand how painful it can be. Furthermore, the discomfort can be so bad that it stops you from doing your job as planned. According to experts, approximately 60 million Americans will suffer from this condition by 2020.

Every type of disability should be taken seriously by the person who is suffering, as well as their employer. When a people are injured on the job, they should not "tough it out" with the idea that it will go away on its own. Instead, it is best to receive medical advice and determine if time away from work is the right approach.

The idea that you could be injured on the job should always be in the back of your mind. If this happens to you, it may be time to file an individual or group disability insurance claim.

Source: HR.com, "MetLife Research : Top 5 Workplace Disabilities," accessed Nov. 17, 2015

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