Tennis elbow is a condition wherein the outer area of the elbow becomes painful, sore, or weakened. It is non-inflammatory in nature and often result through degeneration of the tendons in the area due to overuse. Thus, it is considered more of a repetitive stress injury rather than an injury that is sustained in a single incident.
Repetitive stress injuries are among the most common types of work-related injuries. Persons do not need to be playing tennis in order to develop tennis elbow; the term arose because the condition is frequently found among tennis players
As mentioned, tennis elbow is a common work-related injury. Since it is a repetitive strain injury, certain movements may lead to tennis elbow if repeated on a daily basis for a long period of time, such as:
- Curling motion of arm
- Moving arm in circular motions (as in turning a steering wheel)
- Lifting or moving objects repeatedly
- Movements that require extensive use of the hands and grip strength (especially the pinky, as that finger has connections with the outer elbow)
- Moving the arm from side to side (like scanning zip codes with a scanner gun or painting side panels of a house)
Tennis elbow conditions can be made worse due to improper physical technique, poor working conditions, or negligence on the part of a work supervisor or employer. Also, repetitive stress injuries can often take a long time to heal (sometimes up to a month), and can involve ongoing treatment.
Tennis elbow injuries are commonly claimed as workers compensation and disability claims. You can probably receive some sort of compensation if:
- The tennis elbow condition was directly caused by your work
- The work you were doing was the type of work contained in your work description
- You were not negligent in your conduct
Chances for recovery may increase if you can show that tennis elbow is commonly associated with your line of work. If you have a legal dispute, you may need to file a lawsuit in order to pursue further legal action
Tennis elbow can cause a person to suffer many different losses. You may wish to hire a employment lawyer if you need help recovering costs of work-related tennis elbow injuries. Your attorney can help you with tasks such as filling out forms, filing documents, and representing you in court. Also, if you need to be involved in a lawsuit, your attorney can provide you with legal representation for your case.