How Might I Incur a Repetitive Stress Injury at Work?

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A repetitive strain injury is a type of damage to your muscles, ligaments, and tendons caused by the repetition of the same motion over and over again. This injury type is common among athletes (i.e., “tennis elbow”) and musicians (i.e., “trigger fingers”). However, this injury type is also prevalent among many different workplaces throughout the state of Texas. Continue reading to learn how you might incur a repetitive stress injury at work and how an experienced Houston, Texas work injury lawyer at White Personal Injury can help you heal from yours.

In what ways might I incur a repetitive stress injury at work?

Even if the job tasks you are expected to perform are seemingly harmless, repeating them throughout your work hours every day may put you at risk for a repetitive strain injury. Without further ado, below are ways in which you might incur this injury type at your place of work:

  • As an office worker, you may incur this injury by typing on a keyboard.
  • As a healthcare worker, you may incur this injury by lifting, transferring, or repositioning patients.
  • As a delivery worker, you may incur this injury by lifting or carrying heavy packages without assistance.
  • As a construction worker, you may incur this injury by utilizing a hand-held, vibrating tool or equipment piece.
  • As a factory worker, you may incur this injury by being posted at the same assembly line station and standing for long periods.

What should I do if I incur a repetitive stress injury?

Of note, your repetitive stress injury may range in severity. Sometimes, it may heal with at-home remedies, such as resting, applying ice, applying compression, or elevating the injured part of your body. But other times, it may require intensive physical therapy or surgical procedures.

In more serious circumstances such as the latter, you may have no choice but to take time off from work. This is when filing a workers’ compensation claim may be deemed necessary. For your claim, you must prove that your incurring a repetitive stress injury is directly tied to the tasks expected of you within your job scope. Or, you may alternatively prove that you had a pre-existing condition that was exacerbated into a repetitive stress injury due to your required job duties.

Either way, you may carry a burden of proof. This may require you to submit to multiple medical tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and ultrasounds. What’s more, you may be responsible for informing your employer of your condition within 30 days of discovering it.

When in doubt, someone at White Personal Injury will look into your case. So please retain the legal services of a skilled Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer today.

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