Repetitive trauma injuries can affect the tendons, tendon sheaths, synovial lubrication of the tendon sheaths, and the related bones, muscles, and nerves of the hands, wrists, shoulders, and back. The most common repetitive trauma injury is carpal tunnel syndrome.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, up to two-thirds of occupational diseases are a result of repeated trauma to the upper body, including the shoulder, elbows, and wrists.
It is thought that repetitive stress injuries are caused by factors such as faulty workstation layout, improper work methods, improper tools, excessive tool vibration, poor posture, and lack of work/rest regimens and an excessive repetition rate at which work is done.
The date of injury is the date which the employee first suffered from the disability and either knew or should have known that such disability was caused by his present or prior employment. These injuries may require occupational therapy, medical devices, ergonomic improvements to your workstation, and time off of work.
If you fail to take your RSI seriously, you may have extreme difficulty performing everyday tasks such as:
If you believe you may have a repetitive stress injury, it is advised that you promptly speak with a medical professional followed by a consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Our legal staff at Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation would love to assist you.