Examples of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Injuries caused by repeat motions and movements in the workplace are extremely common, and they can often be very debilitating for workers. Depending on the extent of your injury, you may be eligible for compensation. Here are some examples of repetitive stress injuries commonly experienced in the workplace. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with our Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorneys.
Examples of Repetitive Stress Injuries | Causes
You may be at a higher risk for developing a repetitive stress work injury if:
- 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 Work in Commercial Painting – Commercial painters often have to crank their necks and use their shoulders while working. This industry is at a higher risk for neck, shoulder and other musculoskeletal conditions caused by repetitive strain.
- You’re Required to Carry Heavy Loads – 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.
Examples of Repetitive Stress Injuries | Carpal Tunnel
The OHSA recognizes more than 100 repetitive stress work injuries. These injuries range from progressive musculoskeletal conditions – like carpal tunnel syndrome – to chronic pain and inflammatory diseases. The most common repetitive stress injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow, or epicondylitis
- Trigger finger
- Compressed nerves
- Chronic neck or lower-back pain
- Shoulder injuries
Ultimately, no matter your type of injury, if it was caused by repetitive or excessive motions, you may be entitled to compensation.
Examples of Repetitive Stress Injuries | Compensation
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.