Repetitive Stress Injury
Our Orange County Workers’ Comp Attorneys Can Help You File a Claim
Repetitive stress, or strain, injuries happen when your body endures a
small amount of damage over time from particular tasks. Many people experience
these injuries when they work, typically because they do an extended amount
of the same movement. For example, lifting a heavy box might not damage
you permanently if you do it every once in a while. However, if your job
is to lift heavy boxes every day, over time your spinal discs or knee
cartilage might wear down and cause arthritis or degenerative disc disease.
Types of Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI)
Many jobs can cause an RSI, from office work to professional sports. Here
are a few examples:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Thoracic outlet syndrome
Our bodies are hardy, but they don’t do well adapting to repetitive
motion during a typical 40-hour workweek. While some jobs encourage ergonomic
improvements to prevent these types of injuries, not all employers put
in the time, money, and effort to keep their employees from sustaining
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While RSIs may not be particularly painful, they can prevent you from doing
the job that caused them in the first place. For example, if your clerical
job caused you to develop carpal tunnel syndrome, the consistent, repetitive
trauma of typing could cause permanent damage to the median nerve in your
wrist if you don’t seek treatment. Taking time off might be necessary
to heal the damage caused by your work, which is why workers’ compensation
is so important. Your employer’s insurance should cover the cost
of your medical bills and time lost from work if you were injured on the job.
If you’d like to file, contact one of our workers’ compensation
attorneys today. We can help you navigate the paperwork involved in filing
claims or negotiate for you in court if your employer’s insurance
refuses to cover your expenses. Make sure your rights are protected.
Contact us at (714) 594-5389 or fill out our online form with your case details.
We look forward to hearing from you.