Though many job-related injuries are caused by traumatic accidents—a machine breaks down or malfunctions or something falls on you—there are other injuries, often more debilitating, that can result from seemingly harmless activities, such as bending, sitting or standing. If you are experiencing significant pain or discomfort because of your job, but you can’t point to a specific incident, you may be suffering from repetitive stress injuries. This blog answers frequently asked questions about such injuries.
A: Almost any type of motion, or even the lack of motion, can cause undue stress on some part of your body. Perhaps the most well-known malady is carpal tunnel syndrome, but there’s a similar condition known as cubital tunnel syndrome. Your body has bursa sacs in a number of places, including your shoulders, hips, knees and elbows, and those sacs can become inflamed, a condition referred to as bursitis. There’s epicondylitis, more commonly known as golfers or tennis elbow, caused by repeated stress on your forearm muscles. You can also experience inflammation of any tendon in your body, which can be caused by either a repeated motion or exerting nonstop pressure for long period of time (such as when you are standing for hours at a time).
Another common repetitive stress injury is plantar fasciitis, usually caused by inflammation in your Achilles tendon. This may be the result of standing or excessive bending or squatting.
A: Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by numbness, tingling or weakness in your hand or wrist, caused by pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome typically stems from repeated hand movements and can be worse when your hands are lower than your writs. While carpal tunnel syndrome affects your first three fingers, there’s also cubital tunnel syndrome, where the ulnar nerve is pinched, causing similar conditions in your ring finger and pinky.
A: Under the workers’ compensation laws in New Jersey, you can seek compensation for a repetitive stress injury. You should notify your employer as soon as possible after the diagnosis or appearance of any symptoms. To successfully recover, you will need to show that your work required you to engage in an activity that caused the repetitive stress injury.
At Pyrros & Serres, we bring more than 50 years of combined workers’ compensation experience to injured workers throughout the borough of Queens and New York City metropolitan area. We built our successful practice on a commitment to personal service and attention. As a result, many of our new cases come to us as referrals from our colleagues in the legal profession or from other clients.
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