Repetitive stress injuries are injuries resulting from repeating a motion over and over, often leading to inflammation, pain, numbness and tingling. These types of injuries are also called "overuse" injuries, and can also occur outside the workplace. Some athletes, for example, may be vulnerable to injuries of this kind. But if you're injured on the job from performing a repetitive motion, you may be able to receive workers' compensation to help pay for your recovery.
Any job that involves repetitive motions can put workers at risk for injury. This applies to everyone from warehouse workers who engage in heavy lifting every day to office workers who may find themselves in pain from typing at a keyboard all day long.
Repetitive stress injuries often affect the back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands and wrists. Some examples of work-specific repetitive stress injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Dupuytren's contracture
- Tendinitis (including "trigger finger" and "tennis elbow")
- Raynaud's disease
- Rotator cuff syndrome
These injuries, while perhaps not as shocking as traumatic workplace injuries, still have the potential to lead to significant pain and disability that could limit your ability to do your job. To help ensure that you have the best chance at a successful workers' compensation claim, it's important that you report such injuries promptly to your employer when they happen. It's also essential to contact an experienced workers' compensation lawyer who can help shepherd your case through the system and serve as your advisor and advocate during the application and any resulting appeals processes.