Repetitive strain injuries in the workplace might be more common than you
think. In fact, the United Sates Department of Labor and the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration records that these types of injuries
are the most common and costly types of occupational health problems in
the nation. The two organizations state that these types of injuries total
more than $20 billion a year in workers’ compensation.
Of course, these injuries can stem from an assortment of causes such as
lifting heavy objects, mouse and keyboard use, or repetitiously performing
any task on a day-to-day basis. If you currently hold a position where
you are required to perform the same duties, day in a day out, and believe
you may suffer a repetitive strain injury, you may want to consider a
few tips that could help you prevent these repetitive strain injuries.
1. Use proper form
If you are required to lift heavy objects every day, it is important that
you lift with the best form possible. Many persons develop injuries when
they improperly move or lift heavy objects.
2. Sit with good posture
If you work in a setting where you are required to sit a lot, it is important
to sit with good posture. Many people develop lower back problems after
slouching every day.
3. Take breaks occasionally
No matter what your job may be, whether you are required to sit at a computer
or lift heavy objects all day, you should take breaks once in a while
to allow your body to rest from the repetitive motions your job may require
4. Vary tasks
If you repeat the same duties of your job, consider varying that task or
finding a different way to perform that task even if it is only temporary.
By changing your body position, you may be able to prevent repetitive strains.
5. Speak to an employer about possible solutions
If you have done everything in your power to avoid repetitive strains and
still feel you are at risk, speak with your employer about other solutions
that may exist. You may be able to fulfill other duties as a means of
breaking up repetitive motions.
The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC May Be Able to Help
If you have suffered a repetitive strain injury due to work conditions,
speak with a Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer from our firm
today. We can look into the detail of your case and determine whether
you are eligible to file for workers’ compensation. If you believe
you should receive compensation for your injuries and you have been denied
disability prior to contacting us, we can help you explore your available
options for an appeal. When successful, workers’ compensation can
help cover medical expenses, ongoing treatments, or any lost wages you
may acquire while you are unable to work.
It may be difficult to recover workers’ compensation benefits. That
is why it is important to retain
an experienced Virginia workers’ compensation attorney immediately. The sooner you speak to us about your case, the sooner we
can begin building a case that may earn you the compensation you deserve.
Get the representation you need today! Our firm is waiting for your call.