When something catastrophic happens at work, such as a fire or a forklift accident, it is pretty clear anyone injured will qualify for workers’ compensation. But what about cases where the cause of the injury is something less definitive? Do those medical maladies qualify for coverage?
In many cases, they may. One such instance is repetitive motion injuries or situations where the worker has been injured by a long period of performing the same movement over and over again. These are actually the most common causes of work-related injury, and perhaps little wonder. They happen over time, so you may not even realize the damage is done until it is too late.
What Are Repetitive Motion Injuries?
What are some examples of repetitive motion injuries on the job? They may include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, a pinching of nerves caused by swelling in the wrists
- Tendonitis, in which the tissues between bones and muscles tear
- Bursitis, when the pads between your bones swell
These injuries can be caused by doing the same thing day in and day out. Carpal tunnel, for instance, may be rooted in repeated use of the keyboard and mouse with a computer. Lifting heavy tools or even light tools can result in repetitive motion injuries, as can carrying heavy weights or scanning the thousands of items that cross a grocery store checkout each day.
Repetitive injuries can be treated and prevented when the employer is made aware of them. They are subject to workers’ compensation coverage. If you plan to make a claim, you must be able to prove the injury occurred on the job and show how it has impacted you.
Get Assistance With Your Repetitive Motion Injury Case
Do you need more information about workers’ compensation and whether your injury qualifies you to make a claim? Contact the experienced lawyers at KBG Injury Law. We can help you sort out your case and get any compensation you may be entitled to receive.