Common Repetitive Trauma Injuries
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), repetitive stress injuries are the most common and costly occupational health problem in the nation. These conditions affect numerous American workers, causing some of them to be absent from work for 31 days or more. Likewise, these repetitive motion injuries cost employers an estimated $80 billion a year. Some common repetitive trauma injuries include:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common repetitive stress injury. Over 8 million Americans are affected by CTS. The condition is caused by increased pressure on the median nerve and tendons of the wrist. Over time, you will begin to feel pain, numbness, or weakness in your hand and wrist. Performing tasks such as typing, pressing or pushing objects, assembly line work, and using a cash register can cause carpal tunnel syndrome.
Chronic Knee Injuries
Chronic knee injuries include long-term pain, sensitivity, or swelling in one or both knees. Unless they are treated early, these chronic knee injuries rarely heal completely. Chronic knee injuries can be caused by joint destruction, tendonitis, gout, fracture, trauma, dislocation, torn ligaments, bone tumors, and more. Continuous use of the knee, infections, and bad posture can worsen the condition.
Chronic Neck Pain
This can be caused by degenerative disc disease, poor posture, spinal stenosis, neck strain, cervical spondylosis, and neck injuries such as whiplash, a pinched nerve, or a herniated disc. Poor posture and longer working hours can cause neck pain at work.
Rotator Cuff Injuries
The shoulder joint is surrounded by several muscles and tendons that ensure that the upper arm is firmly attached to the shallow shoulder socket. These muscles and tendons form the rotator cuff. Poor sitting posture and longer working hours are among the most common causes of rotator cuff injuries. The condition can become worse if you try to sleep on the affected side.
Spinal Disc Injuries
Spinal disc injuries can occur in the neck or lower back, causing severe pain and discomfort. An issue with a disc in the neck can cause serious pains in the neck, hand, shoulder, or arm. Also, a breakdown in the disc of the lower spine can cause lower back pain and leg pain. You can also experience other symptoms like weakness and numbness.
Also referred to as tendinitis, tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon. Tendonitis occurs when you overuse or perform a repetitive motion that injures the tendons. The condition can affect your wrists, elbows, fingers, shoulders, and other parts of your body.
Why Do You Need an Experienced Attorney?
Workers' compensation laws in Kansas are created to help people get their rightful compensation and benefits after suffering work-related injuries. However, successfully collecting workers' compensation benefits is not always as easy as it should be.
Because repetitive motion injuries develop gradually over time, it can be difficult to prove that your injury is work-related — especially if you try to handle your case on your own. Your employer's insurance company might even argue that you didn't sustain the injury while working for that particular employer. This is why you need the help of an experienced workers' compensation attorney.
At the George Pearson Law Firm, I have dedicated my career to representing clients on matters of personal injury and workers' compensation. I will examine your situation carefully before moving forward with your claim. I will fight tirelessly on your side for the benefits you need. Above all, I will handle all communications and negotiations with the insurance company while putting your interests first.