Posted On: November 19, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Repetitive Motion Injuries Continue to be A Very Real Concern for Office and Store Workers

Millions of American workers may be at risk of repetitive motion injuries from doing their job. Typing on a computer keyboard, ringing up numbers on a cash register, and text messaging coworkers about work-related issues can take a toll after awhile, making the employee susceptible to musculoskeletal disorders, nerve damage, epicondylitis, bursitis, arthritis, trigger finger, tenosynovitis, neck injuries, shoulder injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain, back pain, visual fatigue, and other painful and debilitating injuries that can lead to permanent disabilities.

Unfortunately, in the rush to accomplish deliverables and meet deadlines, a worker may forget to make sure that he or she is positioned in an ergonomically correct manner when getting the job done. His or her employer also may not have provided the proper work set up and tools to minimize the chances of repetitive motion injuries.

Fortunately, most workers are entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits, which are supposed to guarantee employees injury benefits in the event of a work injury.

Repetitive strain injuries may sound like a mild condition but the damage they can cause to the body can be cumulative and serious. A worker with a severe repetitive motion disorder may have to undergo surgery, extensive physical therapy, and rehabilitation. If there is permanent physical damage, the worker may not be able to do his or her job at full capacity, which can result in lost wages.

Signs of repetitive motion disorders include:

• Numbness
• Pain
• Swelling
• Tingling
• Weakness in the affected body part
• Loss of flexibility

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Repetitive Motion Disorders Information Page

Related Web Resources:
Typing Injuries Resources, LiveOffice.com

Repetitive Strain Injury

Our Chicago workers’ compensation law firm understands the nature of repetitive motion injuries. Unfortunately, there are some insurers who might delay or deny giving a worker his or her injury benefits. We are committed to helping injured workers obtain the workers’ compensation that they are owed.

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