any workplace accidents and injuries are caused by a sudden, unexpected single event, but there is a group of work-related injuries that can occur slowly, over an extended period of time. These are known as repetitive stress injuries. These types of injuries have become one of the most common causes of work-related injuries and have the potential to be quite debilitating. Workers in many industries are required to perform repetitive tasks on a daily basis placing them at an increased risk of developing this type of workplace injury. Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at E.S. Borjeson & Associates are dedicated to helping injured workers in Pennsylvania and have successfully represented numerous clients who have developed workplace repetitive stress injuries.
What is a Repetitive Stress Injury?
A repetitive stress injury (RSI) is a medical condition that affects muscles, tendons, nerves and soft tissues in the body particularly the hand, wrist or arm. Potential risk factors that may contribute to the development of a work-related repetitive stress injury include using excessive forceful movements, maintaining poor or awkward posture, poorly designed equipment, insufficient breaks while performing repetitive tasks, working in cold temperatures, use of vibrating equipment and heavy lifting.
RSIs can occur in the hands, wrists, elbows, neck, shoulder, back and the lower limbs. Repetitive stress injuries occurring in the workplace include:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Raynaud’s Syndrome
- Dequevain’s Syndrome
- Ulnar Nerve Compression
- Ganglion cysts
- Herniated discs
- Trigger finger
- Rotator cuff syndrome
The initial symptoms of a repetitive stress injury may only occur while a worker is performing his or her job and subsides when at rest. Symptoms will vary depending on which body part is affected and can range from mild to severe. Over time, the symptoms typically begin to occur more frequently until an individual is experiencing the symptoms all the time. A victim’s ability to carry out their work responsibilities may be affected. The most common symptoms include pain, tenderness, tingling, numbness, throbbing and weakness.
Repetitive stress injuries are sometimes referred to as repetitive strain injuries, cumulative trauma disorders and repetitive motion injuries.
Specific Workers More Prone to Repetitive Stress Injuries
Workers that are more susceptible to suffering a repetitive stress injury include those employees involved in the following occupations:
- Factory workers
- Computer operators
- Office workers
- Assembly line workers
- Warehouse employees
- Meatpacking industry workers
- Jackhammer operators
- Truck drivers
- Massage therapists
- Seamstresses and tailors
Workers’ Compensation Benefits for a Repetitive Stress Injury
Many injured workers are not aware that they can seek Workers’ Compensation benefits for repetitive stress injuries. These types of claims can be complex, as an injured employee must prove that the injury is work-related. Many individuals may initially be denied benefits. For this reason, it is crucial to consult with a qualified Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer that not only has Workers’ Compensation claims experience but also a profound understanding of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation laws.
The Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation law firm of E.S. Borjeson & Associates can guide you through the challenging legal process while ensuring your rights are fully protected. A Workers’ Compensation claim will help to secure the financial compensation that will help you pay for your medical expenses as well as to ease the burden of lost wages if you are unable to perform the duties of your job.
E.S. Borjeson & Associates: Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Helping Injured Workers in Pennsylvania
If you or someone you love is suffering from a repetitive stress injury, the Philadelphia work injury lawyers at E.S. Borjeson & Associates in Philadelphia can help. We are located in Center City Philadelphia and serve clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania including Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadephia County. Call us today at 215-772-3020 to schedule a free consultation or submit an online contact form