If your work duties require you to lift heavy loads on a regular basis, type all day, or perform repetitive movements for hours at a time, you are at high risk for developing repetitive stress injuries. Unlike other injuries, which occur suddenly, repetitive stress injuries develop over time through wear and tear. We have represented countless clients who have suffered repetitive stress injuries at work.
Repetitive stress injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Stress fractures
- Back injuries
Tips for Avoiding Repetitive Stress Injuries
There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of repetitive stress injuries. You should:
- Take a rest break at least every hour
- Use ergonomic equipment to perform work duties
- Have good posture
- Stretch and exercise regularly
- Pay attention to the warning signs of a repetitive stress injury
Warning signs include pain, stiffness, tingling or popping sensations, and weakness in the affected limb. Should any of these symptoms occur, it is important to notify your employer and seek medical attention as soon as possible. You should also ask your employer for ergonomic equipment to take the strain off your muscles and ligaments. For example, an ergonomic keyboard may help you type without straining your fingers and wrists.
Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can also help reduce your risk for repetitive stress injuries. By stretching out your muscles and relaxing them regularly, you can keep them flexible. Prolonged tension may lead to inflammation and tears in the muscles and soft tissues. It is important to take steps to prevent repetitive stress injuries, and to tell your employer if you begin to notice symptoms.
Efficient Representation for Injured Workers in New Jersey
If you have suffered a repetitive stress injury at work, you have the right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits through your employer’s insurance company. It is important to file a claim right away and to hire our experienced team at Palmisano & Goodman, P.A. to guide you through the process. Filing a workers’ compensation claim is often complicated. We will help you file the necessary documents, and will tenaciously uphold your right to a settlement.
Contact our Woodbridge workplace accident attorneys today to receive a free case evaluation.