Repetitive Stress Injuries
Many occupations require a worker to perform the same motion dozens, hundreds, or thousands of times each month. These repetitive motions often result in a cumulative trauma. You may be eligible to receive compensation for these injuries.
This trauma is known as a Gillette injury and is compensable as a work injury. The onset of this type of injury is often gradual, and insurance companies and employers routinely deny these types of injuries.
The moment you suspect you have this type of injury, you should report it to your employer and seek immediate medical care. These types of injuries often require a modification of your job duties or a change in your occupation. The severity of the injury is not always known right away. If you or a loved one has suffered a repetitive work injury, consult our experienced attorneys to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to while you recover.
Repetitive stress injuries are typically caused by repeated, forceful actions. Lifting, grasping, and pinching motions are some of the most common. Heavy labor and jobs that require repetitive positions and actions can lead to gradual wearing out of your back or other body parts over time. Do not attribute this to “getting old” or the usual aches and pains. This is a work injury for which you are entitled to compensation. Occupations that commonly cause repetitive injuries include construction jobs, assembly line work, and data entry jobs.
Virtually any type of injury can be caused by repetitive stress, but some of the most common are:
- Lower back and neck injuries
- Shoulder impingement
- Knee injuries
- Meniscus tears
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Other types of chronic pain