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Identifying a Repetitive Motion Injury and How to Protect Your Rights When It Occurs as a Result of a Work-Related Factor

A repetitive motion injury is one of the most common injuries in America. Repetitive motion injuries can be classified as disorders that progressively become worse over the repetitive action of work or daily living. Almost every worker is susceptible to a repetitive motion injury, if he or she is exposed to the same routine actions every day. Some of the most susceptible employees can involve manual laborers or even athletes.

If you or someone you love is suffering from a repetitive motion injury that was caused by a work-related factor, it is important to understand there may be an opportunity to seek financial restitution for the injury. Repetitive motion injuries can be painful and could require extensive medical treatments and/or therapy. If the injury has been caused as a result of a work-related event, seek the legal support of a skilled attorney who can help you file a workers’ compensation claim so that you may have the opportunity to obtain financial benefits for your grievances.

Common Types of Repetitive Motion Injuries

Repetitive motion injuries will generally fall under two categories: tendinitis or bursitis. Although highly similar, these two types of disorders are different but can coexist.

Tendinitis Disorder

  • Tendinitis occurs when there is an inflammation of a person’s tendon.
  • The most common sites for the disorder can occur in a person’s biceps, shoulders, or elbow.
  • Among men and women, men are more prone to developing tendinitis.


Bursa is a miniscule sac typically found over an area where some form of friction may occur and could serve to support cushion the area between the bone and tendon.

Bursitis occurs when there is an inflammation of the bursa sac.

Common areas where inflammation of a bursa sac may occur involve a person’s knee, hip, or elbow.

Common Causes of Repetitive Motion Injuries

Repetitive motion injuries typically result because there are microscopic tears in a person’s tissue. When a person’s body is not able to make repairs to the torn tissue as fast as the damage is happening, this will typically lead to inflammation. Injuries can be developed as a result of the following:

  • Trauma
  • Friction
  • Repetitive activity
  • Crystal deposits
  • Systemic disease

The Importance of Seeking immediate Medical Attention

When a worker has sustained an injury or illness due to a work-related event, it is vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Failure to begin medical treatment can gravely affect a person’s opportunity to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. Equally important, workers should maintain doctor visits when need. The failure to keep up with the necessary medical treatment can also be detrimental to a workers’ compensation claim.

Obtain Legal Support

Injuries such as repetitive motion injuries can often be difficult to demonstrate that they occurred as a result of a work-related event due to the fact that they occur over time. Unlike a work-related accident that occurred at one particular time, repetitive motion injuries can sometimes take many years to develop, which can often make it difficult to pinpoint the commencement of the injury.

If you are having trouble obtaining workers’ compensation benefits for a repetitive motion injury or are otherwise not sure if filing a claim is the right choice for you, seek professional legal support immediately. Workers’ compensation claims in California are time restricted; obtain legal support as soon as possible.

Attorney Albert E. Hirst is dedicated to helping victims of work-related injuries obtain the financial restitution they deserve. He is highly experienced in the field of workers’ compensation claims for repetitive motion injuries and his dedication has helped many employees obtain the restitution they needed to help them through their recovery process.