Dealing With Worker Repetitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive stress injuries at the workplace received little attention until recent times. As with all other work-related injuries, workers have the right to compensation for these injuries. This includes compensation for medical expenses, retraining, short-term and long-term wage loss and other expenses.

St. Pierre Law in Newburyport, Massachusetts, has provided representation for work-related injuries of every kind since 1989. We work directly with you in making certain you receive the kinds of compensation you need and deserve regarding your injuries, whether through workers' compensation claims, personal injury and products liability lawsuits, or through applications for Social Security and long-term disability.

What Are Repetitive Stress Injuries?

Many work-related tasks involve performing the same motion over and over. While not immediately noticeable, these tasks place stress upon bones and joints that can gradually deteriorate over time. This eventually can result in injuries and a temporary or permanent disability.

Examples of repetitive motion and stress injuries include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: Such injuries often involve the hand, forearm or shoulder. It results from repetitive hand movements, vibration or awkward movements during job-related tasks. Such injuries can greatly reduce the strength of the hand or arm and prevent injured individuals from performing even the simplest of tasks. They can also develop into debilitating pain that prevents individuals from sleeping at night.
  • Tendinitis: This is generally a result of repetitive activity causing a swelling and inflammation of the tendons. This condition often is quite painful and results in extremely restricted motion of joints. Though often treated through injections, repeated injections can result in weakening of the tendon.
  • Cervical radiculopathy: This involves damage to nerve function leading to lasting pain and loss of sensation. Such injuries are often due to repetitive motion and constant lifting. This can also result in degenerative changes to the bones and muscle weakness. It can lead to compression and stress fractures as well.
  • Myofascial injuries: These are injuries that result due to repetitive pressure upon the muscles. This type of pain often persists or even worsens over time.

Repetitive stress injuries result from using machinery like jackhammers or by doing heavy lifting. While repetitive stress injuries are common in the construction industry or for those working on assembly lines, these injuries can result from painting, driving, sewing or even performing clerical tasks such as typing or using a computer mouse.

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