Workplace injuries often occur because of a job-site accident. If someone knocks over a ladder while you are on it, the fall that results could break your bones or cause a brain injury. Most workers already know that they can claim workers’ compensation if they get hurt in a specific incident while at work. What some workers don’t realize is that not all injuries happen suddenly.
Repetitive motion injuries are an issue for people and all sorts of jobs, from office workers to those working on the line in a factory. Understanding how repetitive motion injuries happen and how they affect your ability to work can motivate you to seek the workers’ compensation benefits you need if you develop a repetitive motion injury.
The human body isn’t made to operate like a machine
Your body is capable of performing all kinds of emotions and actions, and your muscular-skeletal system has the ability to do everything from lifting itself to spinning your body around rapidly. Unfortunately, if you try to do the same task over and over as is required by many modern jobs, the end result will inevitably be damage to the connective tissue, muscles or even bones involved in the motion.
Office workers and those who must grip a steering wheel as part of their job, for example, could potentially develop severe carpal tunnel that affects their ability to grip the wheel. Workers who must lift heavy items every day could develop injuries to their hips, backs or knees.
Although these repetitive motion injuries occur a little at a time over an extended period, they represent the strain of your job tasks on your body. In other words, they are a form of cumulative trauma that potentially qualify you for workers’ compensation benefits.
Trying to work through the pain could make things even worse
Those who work hard for a living, including blue-collar workers, often take pride in their ability to work despite feeling discomfort or fatigue. Ignoring your body when you have pain from repetitive motion can be a major mistake.
Repetitive motion injuries will not just go away if you ignore them and take over-the-counter pain medication. They require rest and possibly physical therapy or even surgery for you to recover fully. Left untreated, they could worsen and leave you with an injury that you can’t recover from at all.
Alerting your employer about the injury and pursuing workers’ compensation benefits can get you the medical coverage you need for treatment and wage replacement so that you can rest the affected part of your body and recover more fully.