California residents often go above and beyond on the job. Unfortunately, this type of work ethic may lead to injuries. Some of the most common injuries workers have to deal with are ones caused by repetitive motion.
Unlike other obvious job-related injuries, those caused by repetitive motion may also develop outside of work. Does the workers’ compensation claims process apply to these types of injuries? At De Ita, Lowe & Wald, LLP, our staff stands at the ready to answer any questions you may have about what qualifies for workers’ compensation under state and federal law. Discover what repetitive injuries may count towards compensation.
Common repetitive injuries
The connective tissue that holds together bones and muscles, commonly known as tendons, can become inflamed over time, primarily when they perform the same movements over and over. Some jobs may require workers to perform repetitive motions. Industries that require assembly of small parts, like factories or construction sites where workers walk up and down ladders, are prone to inflammation to tendons. Areas of the body likely affected in this way are elbows, knees and shoulders. In people who type or sew, carpal tunnel syndrome is a common repetitive motion injury that develops as a result of job requirements. It affects the medial nerve that runs through the wrist, causing pain and discomfort in the fingers and wrist.
Your rights under workers’ compensation laws
If the insurance company accepts your claim, you have the right to certain benefits. Even as the investigation into your injury and the circumstances surrounding it, some benefits may begin. These may include things like:
- Medical care
- Some or all of your lost pay
- Temporary disability payments
- Rehabilitation and therapy
Workers’ compensation may seem overwhelming to navigate. For more help, visit our webpage here.