According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, a repetitive motion injury is one of the fastest growing work-based injury. In fact, according to a report given by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately thirty percent of cases that involve days taken off of work will involve some form of musculoskeletal injury. Every job that requires its employees to stand or sit in the same position for extended periods of time or perform a repeated manual task will place the employee at risk for a repetitive motion injury.
Repetitive motion injuries will usually develop gradually. As a result, many workers will fail to recognize the symptoms and seek medical treatment only once the condition has already settled. With little to no medical treatment, these conditions can quickly become debilitating and painful and can usually inhibit an employee’s ability to perform even the simplest of tasks.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a repetitive motion injury that was caused as a result of a work-related condition, consider seeking the support of a knowledgeable attorney who has experience in these cases. A well versed attorney can help you file a claim that could offer the possibility of obtaining financial compensation for the injury.
Common Types of Repetitive Motion Injuries
For the most part, when a person thinks of a repetitive motion injury, he or she will think of carpal tunnel syndrome. Although carpal tunnel syndrome is one common form of a repetitive motion injury, it is not the only one. In fact, there are over one-hundred types of repetitive motion injuries that workers can develop. Some of the most common types of injuries involve the following:
- Trigger finger
- Radial tunnel syndrome
- Raynaud’s disease
- Nerve entrapment disorders
- Dystonia, also known as writer’s cramp
- Impingement syndrome
- Epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow
- Blackberry thumb, also referred to as DeQuervain’s syndrome
Contributing Factors to a Repetitive Motion Injury
There are many elements that could contribute to the development of a repetitive motion injury. Many tasks can cause bodily strain along with the wear and tear of a person’s muscles or tendons. The following conditions are some of the most common factors that could lead to a repetitive motion injury:
- The use of vibrating tools or equipment
- Working in an awkward position
- Staying still or holding a static position for an extended period of time
- Doing forceful bodily movements
- Repetitive motions
- Usund tools or other equipment that is defective
- Working in environments that are not well organized or ergonomically sound
- Not taking sufficient amount of breaks
- Lifting heavy objects that have uneven weight distribution or are otherwise awkwardly shaped
Obtain the Legal Support of a Skilled Attorney
When a worker has been injured in his or her place of work, it is likely that he or she will report the injury to appropriate supervisor. For the most part, a workers’ compensation will only provide benefits if the injury was reported in a timely manner. Regrettably, most repetitive motion injuries will not be apparent immediately and because of this, a worker will fail to seek medical treatment, causing a denied workers’ compensation claim.
In the event that you have been denied workers’ compensation or are having trouble obtaining benefits for a repetitive motion injury, seek the legal expertise of a knowledgeable attorney who can champion on your behalf.
Attorney Albert E. Hirst is skilled in the field of repetitive motion injury cases in the State of California. His expertise has lead to many successful cases that have helped injured workers obtain restitution post-injury. Workers’ compensation claims are time sensitive; seek legal support as soon as possible.