Repetitive strain injuries are injuries that result from a person doing the same motions over and over. These motions may be done on a daily basis, and after some time the person may notice things like pain, numbness, or weakness in the body part being used for the motions. The injuries sometimes develop slowly over time rather than through a single incident.
Some motions that might result in a repetitive strain or repetitive stress injury include:
By far the most common repetitive strain injury is carpal tunnel syndrome. This is where a nerve in the wrist gets impaired or compressed, causing pain or weakness. Carpal tunnel is so common because many jobs require extensive, repetitive use of the hands and wrists. Carpal tunnel syndrome accounts for a majority of the work-related injuries.
Besides the wrist, other body parts that are associated with repetitive strain include:
One thing about repetitive strain injuries is that they take a relatively longer time to recover from than other injuries. Thus, a person with a repetitive strain injury may need to file for disability and workers compensation. They may miss several weeks or even months, especially if surgery is involved.
In some cases, repetitive strain injuries may result from the negligence of an employer or supervisor. In such instances, legal action may be required in order to obtain compensation for the injuries.
Repetitive strain injuries can often involve a long process of recover and medical treatment. You may wish to hire a qualified lawyer in your area if you need help filing a claim for a repetitive strain injury.
Your attorney can provide you with sound legal advice and representation on your claim. Also, if you need to make an appearance in court, your attorney can provide you with legal guidance during the entire process.
Last Modified: 08-05-2015 09:57 AM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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