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3 common injuries teachers sustain

While schools need to be safe places for students and teachers alike, the reality remains in stark contrast. After all, school shootings are still an unfortunate reality as the recent event in Kentucky where two students lost their lives from a shooter proved. 

Workplace violence is a common problem teachers contend with. Female teachers typically face these threats at a far greater rate than their male counterparts. Each school district will have its own sets of processes in place for filing workers' comp claims, and in addition to extreme cases of violence, there are a number of other injuries teachers can file claims to cover. 

1. Illnesses

Teachers should have a certain amount of paid sick leave. However, for extreme illnesses caught at school, teachers may be able to file a workers' comp claim to have those sick days restored. Sicknesses can spread quickly throughout a school because dozens of kids are in a single room. Therefore, teachers can catch illnesses at a far greater rate than other professions. Workers' comp may not always cover disease transmission, but it is worth looking into if an illness keeps a teacher at home for a long period of time. 

2. Stress

Stress is common in every career, but teachers can encounter numerous stressful situations over the course of a single day. Trying to reach out to students or dealing with difficult parents can result in a lot of frustration. Additionally, the tasks associated with being a teacher can seem overwhelming when compared to the often small salary teachers bring in. Excessive stress can lead to gastrointestinal problems, headaches and heart disease, but these can have coverage under a workers' comp claim. 

3. Ergonomic problems

Teachers spend a lot of time behind a desk, and without the right equipment, sprains can quickly develop. Additionally, teachers need to bend, stretch and reach all day long, and a single overexertion can lead to extreme back, neck and shoulder problems. 

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