Cumulative Trauma Claims
Repetitive Motion Workplace Injury Claims in Santa Ana
Many employees often associate workers’ compensation injuries with single events or traumatic accidents, such as a physical injury due to a slip and fall. The reality is that workplace injuries are not always obvious and can develop slowly over time. Repetitive motion injuries can be common in the workplace and they occur when the combined effects of frequent and repeated activity result in worker injury. If you have a workplace injury from a repetitive motion, the Santa Ana workers’ compensation attorneys at Ufkes & Bright can help to ensure that you receive the compensation and benefits you deserve.
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Causes of Cumulative Trauma Injuries
Repetitive motion injuries can be caused by a countless number of workplace factors including lifting boxes, shelving overhead products, scanning items, and the extended use of tools. However not all repetitive injuries are caused by difficult or challenging actions and even small movements over time, such as the daily use of a keyboard, can lead to the breakdown of bodily functions. A great majority of repetitive injuries are also caused by office behavior. The prevalence of computers in the workplace can cause workers to repeat many of the same motions. For example, sitting at a desk all day with a compromised posture can lead to conditions such as lower back pain.
Examples of cumulative trauma injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel: Pain occurs due to compressed nerves and affects the areas around the wrist. A common injury among typists.
- Rotator cuff syndrome: A shoulder injury which can result from activities that frequently require lifting objects above the head.
- Tennis elbow (epicondylitis): Occurs due to inflammation of the tendons around the elbow. It can be caused by the overuse of the elbow while in positions that apply undue stress to the joint.
- Radial tunnel syndrome: Injury occurring from pressure on the radial nerve which can cause pain in the upper arm, hands, and wrists.
There is no set time frame in which a wound can occur for it to be considered a repetitive injury. In some cases, injuries can develop over the course of months or even years. It is important that workers are mindful of repetitive motions to identify as soon as possible.
Identifying Injuries and Seeking Help
Repetitive motion injuries are particularly dangerous as symptoms can be extremely subtle and thus difficult for workers to recognize. In other cases, employees may notice the development of a condition but accept the discomfort as a part of the job. Anyone who is experiencing a constant and measurable level of work related discomfort should notify their employers and seek medical care immediately. A doctor can help to determine the cause of an injury as well as methods for reducing pain and eliminating the hazardous environmental elements.
Failure to report an injury to your employer in a timely fashion may also hinder your ability to seek restitution under workers’ compensation insurance. As occupational illness and repetitive motion injuries do not occur at one specific time, establishing a date of occurrence can be complicated. If you suspect an injury and your employer is attempting to deny or delay your claim due to a missed deadline, contact our offices immediately.
Compassionate Worker’s Compensation Lawyers
When you have suffered an injury at work, you deserve compassionate representation from attorneys who understand what you are going through. At Ufkes & Bright, our Santa Ana workers’ compensation lawyers always take the time to listen to and understand the unique situations of all of our clients. Our attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of the circumstances and injuries associated with repetitive motion claims and no matter the complexity of your case, we can work to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Let us handle the burden of the legal process so you can focus on what matters most, recovering your health.
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