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A closer look at repetitive strain injuries

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Often, injuries in the workplace are apparent and occur instantaneously. However, not all injuries present themselves in this manner. Occasionally, workplace injuries can be more gradual and subtle, yet the consequences can still be devastating.  

Repetitive strain injuries are one form of injury that results from repeated activities rather than a one-off incident. Repetitive strain injuries can still be debilitating and cause chronic pain, making it impossible for workers to perform their usual activities. As a result, the topic of repetitive strain injuries warrants further consideration. 

What counts as repetitive work?

Industries that Georgia workers are employed in are diverse, with various tasks being performed by employees depending on their role. However, jobs that frequently require repetitive motions include cleaning, data entry, welding, product assembly and any occupation that requires heavy lifting. Repetitive strain injuries are more likely to occur if the body has repeatedly been put in awkward positions over a long period.

What are the common repetitive strain injuries?

There are numerous forms that a repetitive strain injury can take. However, common symptoms include pain, numbness or tingling in the affected area. Symptoms will often be so severe that they prevent the employee from continuing their daily tasks. 

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most prominent types of repetitive strain injuries. This results from compressed nerves, which often leads to tingling and numbness in the arm or hand. This injury is commonly associated with workers who frequently use computers. There are many other forms of repetitive strain injuries, such as bursitis, hearing loss, back strain, tendonitis, arthritis, and many more. 

If you have been injured in the workplace, it is important to remember that you have legal rights. Steven Morgan is a local attorney who is best suited to meet your legal requirements. Please feel free to reach out in confidence to him at 912-289-0640