Many jobs, including retail jobs and factory work, entail doing the exact same thing over…
When most people think of dangerous jobs, they usually think of workers involved in manual labor. Whether it’s construction worker or roofers, there is always a high amount of risk with each task. But you do not have to be involved in manual labor to be at high risk for a serious injury. Office workers also face their share of injury risks. Although these injuries are not necessarily catastrophic, repetitive motion injuries are the most common and can result in significant time missed from work. When these injuries are not properly treated, they can reduce your overall quality of life. Whether you have suffered severe carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis or bursitis, it is vital for employees to receive the proper workers’ compensation benefits.
Repetitive motion injuries are temporary or permanent injuries to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves as a result of performing the same tasks over and over. These injuries are most common in people who use computer keyboards or work in assembly lines. Repetitive motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, can be extremely debilitating. It is not uncommon for injured workers to experience numbness, clumsiness and a loss of flexibility, motion and strength in the affected area. If these injuries go untreated, they can even result in a complete loss of function.
Not all repetitive motion injuries are the same. Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment can range from simply icing the affected area to seeing an orthopedic injury specialist. If the injury is work-related, it is vital to seek treatment as soon as possible. One of the biggest mistakes made by injured workers is waiting until the pain and functional loss is severe. If you are experiencing mild discomfort, try to modify your work techniques and activities to reduce the amount of pain. Many orthopedic surgeons and doctors may recommend certain exercises designed to help strengthen your muscles and minimize pain.
Unfortunately, repetitive motion injuries are responsible for countless workers’ compensation claims throughout Southern California each year. Many ailments, such as neck and back injuries, can be prevented with proper body positioning. Make sure you are able to maintain proper posture without discomfort. Many employees often overlook how their desk and chair is positioned. Poor posture and positioning contribute significantly to most repetitive motion injuries.
When filing a workers’ compensation claim in California, the last thing anyone ever expects is to get denied their full benefits by their employer or the insurance company. Unfortunately, it happens far too often. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz are committed to protecting the rights of workers throughout Southern California. Over the years, their legal team has successfully helped countless men and women receive the settlement they deserved by utilizing an aggressive and comprehensive approach. To learn more, contact their Van Nuys law office today and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.