Many workers incorrectly believe they must suffer an acute and sudden injury in order to be eligible for Workers’ Compensation (WC). But under California’s WC system, employees who experience repetitive stress injuries may also be eligible for benefits.
Repetitive stress injuries are those injuries to the nervous and musculoskeletal systems caused by repetitive tasks and work-related vibrations, mechanical compression or sustained or awkward positions. Many conditions and syndromes fall into the repetitive stress injury category, including but not limited to carpal tunnel syndrome and many back and spine injuries. In particular, muscles, nerves and tendons are susceptible to these types of injuries.
These workplace injuries are very common; in fact, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that repetitive stress and strain injuries are the biggest occupational health problem in the U.S., with carpal tunnel syndrome accounting for more than 50% of all work-related injuries.
Jobs That Are at Risk for Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Office work, especially data entry and programming, causes carpal tunnel syndrome primarily due to improper posture and ill-fitting chairs. Non-ergonomic keyboards and repetitive typing cause increased pressure on nerves and tendons in the hands and wrists.
- Factory machinists and assembly line workers perform continual and repetitive motions when operating machines day after day.
- Cash register operation can cause injury due to repetitively scanning products and operating the register.
- Painters suffer nerve damage from tightly gripping paintbrushes and triggers, as well as from repetitive motions with brushes and sprayers.
- Commercial driving can lead to injury after hours of gripping the steering wheel as well as repetitive gear shifting.
- Construction jobs can cause repetitive stress injury because of continual vibrating machinery and heavy lifting.
- Electronic assembly workers suffer from these injuries due to the repetitive adjustment of parts and thin wires in small spaces.
These are just a few examples of some of the work scenarios that can lead to repetitive stress injuries – there are many others. Your injury does not have to be caused by a single, sudden accident or trauma to be eligible for WC benefits.
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome or any muscle, nerve or tendon condition that is the result of your job, please reach out to us. We can help get you the Workers’ Compensation benefits that you deserve.
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