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What to know about work-caused repetitive stress injuries

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

When someone discusses workplace accidents and injuries, most think about construction incidents, commercial vehicle accidents, and similar situations.

However, an extremely common injury that occurs to workers in many industries is repetitive stress injuries. If you can prove the injury is work-related, you may be able to recover compensation. Keep reading to learn more.

What are repetitive stress injuries?

Repetitive stress injuries refer to damage to the nerves, tendons, or muscles in part of your body caused by doing the same action or motion time and time again for long periods of time.

Because of how they are caused, these types of injuries can occur in many different industries and to all types of workers.

Who is at risk for repetitive stress injuries?

People in many industries and positions are at-risk for repetitive stress injuries. Some of the work-related tasks that can lead to these include:

  • Assembly line jobs
  • Using a computer (i.e., typing or using a mouse)
  • Swiping items at a checkout

Unfortunately, as the task is continued, the damage worsens, leading to more pain, swelling, inflammation, and other symptoms.

Can you receive workers’ compensation benefits for repetitive stress injuries?

To receive workers’ compensation benefits for repetitive stress injuries, you must prove the injury was caused at work. One way to do this is by medical reports. Be sure to seek treatment when you first notice a problem.

It’s also important to file a report with your employer as soon as you notice the condition. Since this condition occurs over time, the sooner you notice an issue and report the situation, the better for a workers’ compensation claim.

While there are no guarantees in these situations, by taking steps to prove the injury occurred at work, you will have a good chance of recovering workers’ comp benefits.