Workplace injuries are extremely common, more than likely because many people spend at least 20 to 40 hours a week doing similar activities. If you’re experiencing neck, shoulder, or lower back pain, this could be because of something called a repetitive stress injury (RSI). These happen when employees perform the same task repeatedly and cause stress or damage to one or more parts of the body.
For example, in jobs that might require a high level of physical fitness or preparation before doing a job, they might tear or injure a part of their body. Construction workers, athletes, personal trainers, or delivery personnel fit into this category. If an athlete doesn’t prepare before a game by doing warm-up exercises and stretches, he or she might be at risk of pulling a muscle that hasn’t been sufficiently warmed up. Alternatively, if a construction worker does too much bending and lifting, he or she might strain back muscles that have been overused.
Many other occupations put unusually demanding stress on the body, such as nursing, food and beverage work, machine operation, and gardening. Each of these jobs offers a differing level of stamina, torso, and abdominal strength. After too much use, however, even the strongest tendon or muscle can wear out, weakening it and making it vulnerable to tears.
Some of the most common wear and tear injuries in the country include the following:
- Disc problems
- Shoulder injuries
- Trigger fingers
- Hearing loss
- Meniscal lesions
- Degenerative bone disorders
If you develop a wear and tear injury because of your job, you have the right to claim workers’ compensation to pay for your medical bills and time off while you recover. If you need help filing for workers’ comp, or your claim has been denied, let us help.
Ufkes & Bright is a firm with more than 50 years of combined legal experience providing skilled advocacy for our clients. We can help determine your eligibility for workers’ comp and meticulously prepare your claim. If your claim has already been denied, we can help you file an appeal. Let us see what we can do for you.