Musculoskeletal disorder, or “MSD,” is a broad term that covers a wide range of bodily injuries and conditions. In its most common usage, musculoskeletal disorder refers to work-related injuries such as strains or sprains. These are also called “ergonomic injuries." They generally involve injuries due to posture-related strains, repetitive motions, or a general overexertion of the body.
MSD claims make up about 35% of all work-related injury claims that require the worker to miss at least one day of work. On average, workers with a musculoskeletal disorder miss 12 days of work a year due to the injury (the average for all other types of injuries is only 9 days).
Examples of musculoskeletal disorders include:
Musculoskeletal injuries most often occur without any type of collision or contact with objects. Instead, these are sustained due to overuse of the body area, such as a specific limb, joint, or muscle.
Workers who may are prone to musculoskeletal disorder claims include: construction workers, janitors, typists, factory workers, and other types of employees.
MSD claims often involve some type of worker’s compensation claim. These can often take some time to process; also, the worker will typically be off from work for several weeks (sometimes months for injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome). Legal claims may sometimes be necessary in cases where the compensation is disputed.
Musculoskeletal disorders or injuries can sometimes be debilitating. You may wish to hire an employment lawyer if you need help filing a claim for MSD. Your attorney can guide you through the process and help you recover damages. Also, if you need to attend any hearings or court meetings, your lawyer will be able to assist and represent you as well.
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