Not every workplace injury is a result of an explosion, fire, or other dramatic event. Some injuries develop slowly over time, especially as workers perform routine tasks over and over again.

These repetitive stress injuries can cause debilitating pain and keep people out of work for months as they try to heal. Other repetitive stress injuries require surgery and rehabilitation. If you have suffered one of these injuries on the job, please contact Cimarron Ridge Legal Group today. We can help you get the compensation you need.


Types of Repetitive Stress Injuries

Most repetitive stress injuries involve performing mundane tasks in rapid succession, such as typing, lifting, or pulling. Signs that you have an injury are feeling pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in the affected limb.

 At our firm, we have seen the following common injuries:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome. The median nerve runs through your arm and passes through a tunnel into the hand. Overuse can cause the tunnel to become inflamed, which puts pressure on the nerve. Many people who type or do data entry for a living suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Bursitis. Small pouches, called bursae, help to cushion the areas where bones and tendon meet. However, these pouches can become inflamed through overuse. As a result, a worker could feel pain in an affected joint, such as the knees, hip, or elbow.
  • Tendonitis. A person might suffer an inflammation of the tendon through overuse. Most commonly, they experience pain in the biceps or elbow.


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How to Prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries

The key to avoiding a repetitive stress injury is to take ample breaks to stretch your limbs. For example, if you type for hours on end, you should stretch your hands and arms for a few minutes every hour.

You should also make sure that you are performing tasks in the correct position. This might mean setting up an ergonomic workstation if you work on a computer or learning how to perform tasks (like lifting) safely using your legs.

Workers also might need time off from work after overusing a limb. Small aches and pains might disappear if given adequate rest. However, if you continue working, then they can worsen rapidly and lead to missed time from work.

What to Do if You Are Injured

You should immediately notify your employer of your injury, which protects your right to workers’ compensation benefits. Your employer has the right to designate a list of healthcare providers you can choose from. Unless your injury constitutes a medical emergency, you should choose a doctor from this list.

Also write down exactly how you were injured. For example, you might have complained about unsafe work conditions or requested an ergonomic workstation only to be shot down. Your attorney might find this information useful when thinking about how to maximize your compensation.

Speak with an Experienced Workplace Injury Attorney Today

At Cimarron Ridge Legal Group, we help injured workers get the compensation for all sorts of injuries, including those caused by repetitive actions. Please contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

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