Many workers often associate
workers’ compensation claims with serious workplace accidents, like an
industrial accident that causes permanent injuries. However, some of the most common and debilitating
work-related injuries are actually caused gradually over time, eventually
amounting to a serious health condition. Such injuries are known as repetitive
stress injuries or RSI.
Even though an RSI does not happen in one single accident or event, they
can still be enough to constitute the filing of a workers’ compensation
claim. As long as an injury or illness is work-related and prevents the
completion of regular work duties, it can qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
Examples of repetitive stress injuries that commonly occur include:
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Carpal tunnel syndrome: The persistent use of your hands, wrists, and fingers for dexterous activities
can eventually cause carpal tunnel syndrome, which usually manifests as
constant pain and stiffness in the hands. Office work, like typing on
a keyboard or writing notes by hand, is a key source of repeated dexterous
motions and actions. As such, if you work in an office for a full-time
position, then you might be at a high risk of carpal tunnel syndrome or
Back pain: People in retail positions and other occupations of manual labor are usually
required to lift and carry heavy objects throughout the average workday.
As time goes on, your back and spine may begin to suffer the consequences,
even if you take extra steps to lift correctly.
Foot, ankle, and knee pain: There are many occupations that require people to stay on their feet for
long hours each day. In any such occupation with this requirement, it
is possible for a worker to suffer an RSI related to the foot, ankle,
or knee. From weakness in the knee joint to bone spurs in the foot, any
such RSI can be significant enough to stop a worker from completing job
duties to the point where workers’ compensation benefits may be needed.