Repetitive Motion Accident Statistics

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Repetitive Motion Accident Statistics

Repetitive motion injuries and accidents result from motions or movements that are repeated constantly, day in and day out. Examples of movements that may cause repetitive stress injuries include: scanning items for purchase, lifting or moving objects repeatedly, and computer/typing work. Many repetitive motion injuries involve small "micro-movements", such as using computer mouse or writing.

Each year, nearly 2/3 of all occupational injuries reported are caused by repeated trauma or movement, mainly to upper body parts such as the shoulder, wrist, and elbow. Some repetitive stress injury (RSI) statistics are listed below, which were gathered from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

Some repetitive motion conditions are considered illnesses, not injuries due to the length of recovery time involved. This is especially true of carpal tunnel syndrome. As a result, statistics have reflected less numbers for injuries caused by trauma. On the other hand, the total number of illnesses has gone up due to the inclusion of repetitive stress injuries in the category (namely, carpal tunnel syndrome).

Repetitive motion injuries are also associated with very high fail rates when it comes to corrective procedures. CTS release operations and other nerve-compression injuries are associated with fail rates of over 50%. This is one of the main reasons why repetitive stress injuries are costing employers and insurers so much every year.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Repetitive motion accidents can sometimes be very serious and can leave the person out of work for a long time. You may wish to hire a lawyer if you need legal representation and advice on these types of matters. Your attorney can explain your rights to you and can inform you of how to proceed with a legal filing. A damages award or other type of remedy may be required in your case.

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Last Modified: 05-16-2014 03:12 PM PDT

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