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What You Need to Know about Repetitive Motion Injuries

On Behalf of | Aug 5, 2013 | Blog, Workers' Compensation

At DDB Law, we have over 25 years of experience handling worker’s compensation claims. From one-time accidents to conditions that have developed over time, we fight to secure the compensation our clients deserve.

According to the Florida Worker’s Compensation Act, an employer must provide compensation or benefits for any injuries sustained by the employee that occur during the course of employment. Because Florida’s legal definition of accidental injury only requires “an unexpectedness in either cause or result,” compensable personal injuries in the workplace are not limited to specific events (like slip and fall).

Repetitive Motion Injuries are Increasingly Common

OSHA reports that repetitive motion injuries (RMI’s) are the most common type of workplace injuries, accounting for more than $20 billion dollars in workers compensation annually. Carpal tunnel syndrome might be the most recognizable, though tendonitis and rotator cuff wear are also common. As a growing number of us spend our days in front of a computer, we can expect the incidence of these injuries to continue to rise.

Trauma Over Time

RMI’s are the result of repetitive actions that the body would not perform naturally (or never that frequently), such as typing. Typical symptoms are a combination of swelling at the affected joint, extreme sensitivity to touch or movement, tingling and pain that radiates to other parts of the body. Through early detection and a program of therapeutic exercises, the effects of most RMI’s can be reversed. In extreme cases, however, they can become permanently disabling.

How to Avoid Injury

The good news is that you can reduce your risk of repetitive motion injuries by making a few simple adjustments in your everyday life. Most importantly, pay attention to your body. If you consistently feel tightening and soreness, take action immediately. Take short, intermittent breaks from any repetitive activity. If possible, modify your workstation or movements and address any concerns you have with your supervisor.

Filing for Worker’s Comp

If you believe that you are suffering from a repetitive motion injury, speak to your supervisor immediately. In order to recover any losses you’ve experienced, you need to file a workers comp claim with your employer. It’s in your best interest to take notes during your independent medical evaluation and diligently keep track of any documents you receive from your insurance company or doctor.

By law, your employer is required to carry worker’s compensation insurance. If you are unsure about the validity of your claim or want to make sure you’re receiving maximum access to benefits, speak with an attorney. We’re in your corner.