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    What are the Most Common Repetitive Stress Injuries that Lead to Workers’ Compensation Claims?

    Stress Injuries

    Being injured at work is not always the result of an accident. Sometimes an injury develops over time as a result of repeating the same motion over and over again. These types of injuries are known as repetitive stress injuries, and they cause just as much damage and pain as do unexpected incidents. If you are experiencing pain and suspect that it might be a result of the motions required of your job, then you should learn what the most common repetitive stress injuries are that lead to workers’ compensation claims.

    Though work-related repetitive stress injuries are extremely common, many employers deny their employees’ claims for workers’ compensation benefits. This is sometimes due to an unwillingness to pay, and sometimes due to a lack of understanding of what these injuries are and how they occur.

    Most repetitive stress injuries happen to the muscles, joints and tendons of the hands, arms and shoulders. They include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis, all of which are a result of doing the same motions over and over again. In some cases, these motions result in tissues swelling and pinching nerves, swelling of bursa causing pain in the joints, and tearing of tissues between muscles and bones. Jobs that can typically result in these injuries include any employee entering information into a computer, construction workers who are constantly holding tools that vibrate, employees who work outside in the cold (cold exacerbates the impact of wear and tear), cashiers who are constantly picking up grocery items in order to scan them, and factory assembly line workers.  The issue is not related to the difficulty of the motion or the exertion that is required: instead it is its constancy.

    Repetitive stress injuries can be extremely painful, as they represent a wearing down of the body’s normal functions. The pain eventually spills over to the employee’s out-of-work life, limiting their abilities and requiring medical attention. In many cases patients are unable to lift weight, raise their arms, look to the right or left, or bend over.

    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are over 100 different injuries that have been identified as being a result of repetitive actions and the resulting wear and tear. In fact, there are more repetitive stress injuries reported as workplace injuries than any other type of on-the-job injury. The earlier that a repetitive stress injury is diagnosed and treated, the better the chances of fixing the problem, but if the injury is a result of work then you need to follow the appropriate steps for seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Failure to report your injury to your employer or to see their approved physicians can jeopardize your ability to get the benefits you deserve.

    The more you know, the better you will understand your rights to this valuable benefit. For assistance in applying for workers’ compensation for a repetitive stress injury, contact the attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC.


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