Years of performing the same repetitive tasks can leave significant damage to your body and place you at a high risk for long-term health effects. You may not even realize you are at risk for these injuries or that you may be suffering from one until the pain or other side effects suddenly appear, and by which point you may be forced to undergo extensive treatment for pain relief. These effects can sometimes be permanent and alter the quality of life for the injured worker.
What Creates a Repetitive Injury?
Repetitive tasks of all types can cause these injuries. For example, if you work on an automotive assembly line and your task is to install tires on cars as they pass by, you may be required to bend down, pick up an assembled wheel, place it onto the car, and then secure it. The repetitive motion of bending down to pick up the wheels over time can lead to major health problems in a number of joints in your body.
Likewise gas station attendants, professional painters, or other workers who are consistently exposed to toxic fumes on a daily basis are at risk of serious health issues, including migraine headaches, lung problems, and more. Even those with seemingly mundane jobs, such as web programmers and computer developers are at risk for developing a painful condition called carpal tunnel syndrome, which leads to frequent pain in the wrists.
What Can I Do About My Injury?
These injuries will need treatment to help alleviate the pain and allow you to continue working. However, since these injuries can often have lasting or even permanent results, you may also incur large medical expenses and even miss out on income from work due to recovery time.
The best course of action you can take is to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer before seeing a doctor. Once you have done so, retaining the services of a skilled workers’ compensation attorney can help you ensure that your claim is correctly handled and you are fairly compensated for the expenses you have incurred as a result of the injury you sustain on the job.
The experienced Bakersfield workers compensation lawyers at Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation may be able to help you if you have sustained one of these repetitive task injuries while on the job. Our firm has successfully recovered compensation for a multitude of workers in California’s central valley, and our contingency fee schedule means clients do not pay us a dime unless we are able to recover compensation on their behalf. With over 120 years of combined legal practice experience and a long list of satisfied clients, we are one of the premiere choices for workers’ compensation legal advocacy in the cities of Bakersfield, Fresno, and Santa Maria.Call Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation at (800) 848-6288 today or contact us online and receive a free initial consultation for your workers’ compensation case.