Repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, can be debilitating. Our dedicated Team at Stanley Law has represented thousands of clients in repetitive stress injury cases. We’ve seen the devastating effects that these types of injuries can have on workers and their families. If you’ve been injured on the job, we’ll leave no stone unturned to prove your repetitive stress injury was sustained in the workplace.
Employers Must Provide A Safe Workplace
Employers are required by law to provide a safe workplace for employees. Part of this responsibility is to ensure that ergonomic processes are implemented and followed to help avoid repetitive stress injury. Due to the nature of their positions and industries, office workers, construction workers, retail workers, and health care workers are particularly vulnerable to repetitive stress injuries.
Regardless of the industry in which you work, it’s critical to ensure that you have the proper equipment and training to do your job properly and safely. If you have any questions or concerns about workplace safety, talk with your supervisor or HR department about them. If your employer is unwilling to address these concerns or mitigate the harm certain practices may be causing, your next step should be to contact OSHA.
Causes Of Repetitive Stress injuries
Repetitive stress injury cases can be challenging. It’s important to find a dedicated workers’ compensation team that understands how these types of injuries are caused and are well-versed in employment law. Some common causes of repetitive stress injuries include:
Working on a computer. Sitting at a computer all day and performing the same movements over and over again can lead to painful, chronic injuries and conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. Even small movements, including typing, clicking a mouse, or holding a phone, can cause big problems in the long run.
Construction work. Repetitive movements, such as using a jackhammer, digging, or swinging a tool, can take a toll on your joints, tendons, and muscles. Performing these tasks for weeks, months, or even years on end can lead to debilitating conditions and leave you unable to work at all. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a repetitive stress injury, it’s critical to contact an experienced workers’ comp attorney who can advise you on the best course of action. After all, you never know what’s just around the corner. Being proactive about finding legal counsel can protect your rights and your financial future.
Standing or sitting all day. The human body is not meant to sit or stand still all day long. Sitting or standing for many hours at a time can cause back, neck, hip, and shoulder problems as well as other health issues. The repetitive motion that’s often involved in factory work can also lead to injury.
Retail work. Cashiers and other retail workers often stand for long periods. Also, retail cashiers can be prone to repetitive stress injuries due to making the same motions when checking out customers for extended periods. Believe it or not, those working in retail may repeat the same motions thousands of times every day. Using a cash register, swiping credit cards, and continuous turning, reaching, and lifting can all cause serious injury over time.
Types Of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Common types of repetitive stress injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Trigger finger
- Muscle strains
- Joint pain
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Low back injuries
How A Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help
To recover workers’ compensation for these types of injuries, you must be able to prove that your job is the cause of your condition. Finding a skilled workers’ comp lawyer who’s experienced in handling repetitive stress injury cases is vital to help you recover the maximum award you need and deserve.
Although most workplace injuries are supposed to be covered by workers’ compensation, many employers and their insurers minimize or deny valid claims, especially if your injuries result in a chronic condition, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or ongoing back problems. An experienced legal team gathers substantial proof, including medical records and evidence of your exposure to aggravating factors, to build a solid repetitive stress injury case.
Do You Need Assistance With A Repetitive Stress Injury Case? Contact us today.
If you’ve been hurt at work, don’t go it alone. Joe Knows that repetitive stress injuries can take away your ability to earn a living and perform even the easiest daily tasks. The Team at Stanley Law is there for you every step of the way and won’t stop until we help you recover the medical and cash benefits you deserve. Call us today at 866-553-7125 or 800-372-3760, or contact us online. Our offices are conveniently located in Syracuse, Binghamton, Watertown and Rochester, New York, and Montrose, Pennsylvania. Se habla español.