Repetitive stress work injuries – like carpel tunnel syndrome – are one of the most common types of workplace injuries. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, these injuries account for about one-third of all workers’ comp claims in Massachusetts. Below, we describe 4 causes of repetitive stress injuries that could make you eligible for workers’ compensation.
4 Causes of Repetitive Stress Injuries in the Workplace
- You Spend Long Hours on a Computer
Sitting at a computer might seem safe. Yet, the repetition of sitting and typing at a keyboard is the leading cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. Computer jobs can also cause neck and shoulder pain and vision impairments.
- You Work in Construction
Construction workers are often called upon to complete repetitive tasks. Vibrating tools like jackhammers, for example, cause musculoskeletal trauma after long-term and repeated use. Additionally, heavy lifting and repetitive motions (like swinging a hammer) can also cause repetitive stress injuries.
- You Stand or Sit for Long Hours
Excessive standing or sitting can cause severe damage to the body. If you spend most of the workday on your feet, or sitting at a desk, you may be at risk for developing a repetitive stress condition.
- You’re Required to Lift Heavy Objects All Day
Heavy lifting often causes lower back, hamstring and shoulder injuries. Movers, porters and construction professionals are at the highest risk for developing repetitive strain injuries due to lifting.
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A debilitating and painful workplace injury can have long-lasting consequences for victims. And unfortunately, the legal process is complex and overwhelming. Most don’t know what their legal rights are or how to go about filing a workers’ compensation claim.
If you have suffered a repetitive stress work injury, our legal team wants to help. We will review the facts of your case, help you determine the legal steps you can take, and start the filing process for a workers’ compensation claim. Call now for a free, no-obligation case review.