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Workplace Repetitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive Stress InjuriesIn today’s office environment, more workers are chained to their cubicles performing repetitive tasks with keyboards and computers that may cause them to acquire repetitive stress injuries (RSIs). Repetitive stress injuries are also referred to as cumulative trauma injuries or repetitive motion injuries. Individuals who work with vibrating tools that require prolonged flexing of the wrist may experience repetitive stress injuries, too.

Repetitive stress injuries can affect the hands, wrists, and arms of dedicated workers who are constantly performing repetitive tasks every day. When an employee’s job causes a repetitive stress injury, he or she is likely entitled to workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation benefits will pay for medical expenses and income replacement while the injured worker recuperates at home. Employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees.

At Schibell & Mennie, LLC, Our New Jersey Repetitive Stress Injury Attorneys are Here to Help

Repetitive stress injuries can cause workers to miss work for days, weeks, or even years. Sometimes, the injuries are permanent, which can create a life-long disability. The New Jersey repetitive stress injury attorneys at Schibell & Mennie realize that these conditions develop over time and injured workers deserve workers’ compensation benefits to pay for medical expenses and lost income. Schibell & Mennie will help you file a workers’ compensation claim and receive the highest amount of compensation possible for your injuries.

Common Types of Repetitive Stress Injuries

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that may cause tingling, numbness or weakness that affects the hand, wrist ,or arm. It is caused by a compressed nerve in the carpal tunnel, which is a small passageway on the palm side of an individual’s wrist. A person suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome may have difficulty holding objects or performing simple chores. Symptoms may start with tingling in the thumb, index or middle finger that happens periodically. These symptoms may occur while one utilizing a computer keyboard, or holding a smartphone or magazine.

Cubital tunnel syndrome comes from a repetitive movement or injury of the nerve that travels behind the elbow. Workers, who drive long distance or operate machinery may experience cubital tunnel syndrome. The condition can cause tingling or numbness in the ring or small finger of the hand. Cubital tunnel syndrome can create weakness in the hand and pain in the elbow.

Tendonitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the tendons.  Tendons connect muscle to bones. Tendons can become inflamed or injured over the course of prolonged repetitive motions or movements. Tendonitis can affect the fingers and elbow of workers performing repetitive tasks.

De Quervain syndrome is a painful condition that involves inflammation of two tendons that oversees the movement of the thumb, along with its tendon sheath. The symptoms will begin gradually and worsen over time to cause pain in the wrist. The pain will increase with repetitive motions and movements of the wrist. The condition may cause movement problems of the thumb, as well.

Professions Prone to Repetitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive stress Injuries may develop with any job that involves repetitive motions to perform the work. The most common professions that cause repetitive stress injuries include:

  • Typists
  • Cashiers
  • Assembly line workers
  • Engravers
  • Factory Workers
  • Taylors and Seamstresses
  • Construction Workers
  • Writers

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If you have experienced a repetitive stress injury while on the job, contact Schibell & Mennie, LLC today. You do not have to suffer and bear the burden alone. Our experienced New Jersey repetitive stress injury attorneys can answer your questions and explain your options, so you can get the compensation you are entitled to by law. Call or contact us online to request your free consultation today.

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