Though workplace injuries are more commonly associated with single instance accidents that render the worker too hurt to continue working, workplace injuries are most likely to develop with repetitive motions over a long period of time. According to Occupational Safety and Health Association, there are more than 100 types of job-induced injuries and illnesses that result from everyday wear on the body and should be given the same amount of thought and attention as single instance accidents. These everyday injuries can amount to lifelong pain and suffering if gone untreated with proper, prompt medical attention.
In correlation with the growth of technology and the ever increasing use of computers in the workplace, repetitive motion injuries are becoming increasingly common. Repeating tasks, like keyboard use over long periods of time, can apply harmful wear on your joints and muscles. Common repetitive motion injuries caused by computer use are tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, radial tunnel syndrome, and bursitis.
Unfortunately, workplace repetitive motion injuries are not limited to the office computer setting. Jobs that require constant reaching and lifting, like those in the construction industry, can put uneven wear on your muscles and cause lifelong injuries. Delivery drivers who spend a great deal of their day walking, sorting packages, climbing in and out of their trucks, are at risk of injuring their back, neck, knees, and feet as a result of repeating those motions hundreds of times a day, everyday.
Repetitive motion injuries can be hard to prove if you don’t have skilled and competent legal representation. Many times workers, with repetitive motion injuries, find themselves at the mercy of their employers insurance company. These insurance companies will refer you to the cheapest doctors they can find; as to make it seem that the injury you are living and dealing with everyday is insignificant and a result of an age neglected degeneration.
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The difference between being neglected and ignored and having a fully compensated, proper recovery is having the right attorney fighting on your behalf. Kalo & Verheul has collectively over 64 years of Florida based workers compensation experience and is happy to extend that expertise to you. Our firm is small and flexible and our extensive track record of winning cases for our clients has earned us the reputation of being a law firm that can be counted on for getting results.