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Repetitive motion injuries may warrant workers’ compensation

by | Jun 14, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

When you do the same job for many years, you may repeat the same movements again and again. As a result, you may experience repetitive trauma, or injury related to the repetitive tasks you perform every day at work. Repetitive motions may result in overuse of certain muscles, leading to sprain/strain of various parts of the body.

Repetitive motion injuries (RMIs) or repetitive strain injuries are often caused by doing the same motions as every day for an extended time. These motions may include:

  • Lifting
  • Reaching
  • Grasping
  • Bending
  • Typing

Workers in just about any industry can suffer an RMI. However, if you have any of the following jobs, you may be more susceptible to an RMI:

  • Cashiers and other retail employees
  • Factory or warehouse workers
  • Computer programmers
  • Healthcare workers
  • Construction workers
  • Teachers
  • Clerical workers

What are some common RMIs?

There are several types of RMIs. Here are a few of the most common ones that workers experience:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Impingement syndrome

If you have suffered an injury or illness as a result of repetitive motions at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation in Connecticut. If you are suffering from an RMI, you should first inform your employer and go to a company-approved physician for medical testing as soon as possible.

The key to recovering workers’ compensation is proving that your injury was in fact caused by your job. Your employer may argue that your condition is simply a sign of aging or was caused by an activity you did outside of work. It can also be difficult to determine when the injury first started, as an RMI typically develops over the course of several weeks, months, and even years. However, medical records, accident reports, and other evidence can help you establish your injury and recover the benefits you are entitled to receive.

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