When most people think of workers’ compensation, workplace accidents may come to mind. However, not all workplace injuries are the result of an incident, such as a slip and fall, machine malfunction, or another kind of accident. Some injuries slowly develop over time as a result of performing work-related tasks on a regular basis. An Orange County repetitive motion injury lawyer can help you assess your condition and understand your options.
The team at the Canlas Law Group works diligently and proactively to provide legal representation and guidance to each of their clients. With individualized attention and focus, our attorneys have been helping injured workers in and throughout Orange County recover the claim benefits they deserve for their injuries.
If you’ve suffered a repetitive motion injury as a result of completing work-related tasks on a consistent basis, reach out to our team for a consultation to see how we can help you obtain the most favorable outcome in your case.
Repetitive motion injuries build over time when individuals regularly perform the kinds of tasks that can have a stressful impact on the body. This occurs in contrast to regular injuries that occur all at once in an accident or other incident. Repetitive motion injuries are also known as repetitive stress injuries (RSIs), cumulative traumas, or repetitive strain injuries. Repeated motion of the hands, wrists, arms, or shoulders can lead to injuries that have both short-term and long-term effects.
It is important to understand that repetitive motion injuries develop slowly. When you engage in continued repetitive motions, microscopic tears in your muscle tissue or tendons can result in inflammation, which causes pain, swelling, stiffness, numbness, or weakness. Repetitive motion injuries can most commonly result from:
The following represent some industries and individual jobs in Orange County, CA, that are generally prone to the risk of repetitive motion injuries:
California ensures that all workers are covered for any illnesses or injuries they sustain as a result of their employment or while performing their job duties. Employees are generally eligible for compensation for work-related:
Whether an injury occurs all at once as the result of a particular incident or accident or develops slowly over time does not affect coverage eligibility in workers’ compensation claims. However, if an injury develops slowly, it can be more difficult to demonstrably prove that it was the result of work-related activities. A repetitive motion injury attorney can use medical records and industry testimony to validate your claim and ensure that you are properly compensated.
It is important to report your injury to your employer as soon as you receive a diagnosis or otherwise become aware of your condition. As soon as symptoms appear, you should seek medical attention for a full examination. Detailed medical records can help with your claim. Records from your doctor or healthcare provider will function as the primary evidence in your case.
Not all injuries can be anticipated or prevented. Despite numerous safety measures and adequate training, employees suffer injuries every year. However, cumulative injuries, like repetitive motion injuries, can be relatively avoided through adequate preventative techniques and practices. These include:
A: Because repetitive strain injury does not result from a single incident but occurs over a longer period of time, it can be difficult to prove. However, you can provide medical records from your doctor or other healthcare providers as primary evidence for your claim. These records, and the medical testimony within them, can establish the direct connection between a worker’s injury and their employment. If you had a pre-existing injury, you can demonstrate that your work duties aggravated your condition.
A: A repetitive strain injury (RSI) can take various amounts of time to heal, depending on the nature and severity of the injury. Since most repetitive strain injuries involve the tendons, they can take at least two to three months to heal if healing conditions remain optimal. It is important to properly rest the injured area to allow it time to heal, and you should speak with a trusted medical professional about treatment.
A: Fixing repetitive motion injuries will take considerable time, effort, and diligence. First, it is important to avoid doing the types of activities that caused your injury to begin with or aggravated its severity. Common treatments will require you to ice the injury periodically, adding compression and elevation while it heals. Since recovery time may require you to be out of work, it is important to ensure that your workers’ compensation claim will cover lost wages as well.
A: Repetitive motion can occur in almost any part of the body from a wide range of tasks. Repeated movement of the hand, wrist, arm, or shoulder can lead to injuries. This often happens for workers who type at a computer, scan groceries, work assembly lines, or do certain types of construction, such as hammering nails or using a jackhammer. Anything that requires frequent grasping or pinching, or the same back-and-forth movement, can lead to repetitive motion injuries.
If you’ve suffered a repetitive motion injury at work due to repeated work-related tasks or strain, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important that you work with an experienced and qualified lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case. The attorneys at the Canlas Law Group are ready to provide you with personalized care and attention in your case, helping you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact our office today for a consultation.