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Missouri Workers Comp Lawyer: Repetitive Motion Injuries

by James M. Hoffmann on Nov. 13, 2015

Employment Employment  Workers' Compensation Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: If you suffer a repetitive stress injury at the workplace, report the injury to your employer as soon as you start experiencing the symptoms.

repetitive motion injury is usually caused by any repetitive motion or overexertion from a task that requires doing the same motion repeatedly. This may cause stress, strain, or sprain injuries to a part of the body.

Repetitive Motion Injuries

  • Repetitive motion: Repetitive motion injuries that do not have a specific name is listed under this subcategory.
  • Typing or key entry: Injuries caused by keying in data or typing for long hours every day.
  • Repetitive use of tools: Injuries caused by using the same tools repetitively for many years.
  • Repetitive grasping, moving, or placing objects: This is another subcategory under the category of repetitive motion injury in OIICS.
  • Repetitive motion not elsewhere classified: If you suffer an injury on the job caused by a repetitive motion not listed anywhere, list your injury under this subcategory.

Workers Exposed to a Higher Risk of a Repetitive Motion Injury

Some workers need to perform repetitive motion tasks frequently as part of their job. They are more susceptible to repetitive motion injuries.

  • computer operators
  • typists
  • workers responsible for fish, meat, and poultry packing
  • workers who often use jackhammers or saws
  • musicians
  • carpet installers
  • dental technicians
  • postal workers
  • dentists
  • cake decorators
  • assembly line workers

Repetitive Motion Injuries May Lead to Other Serious Conditions

A repetitive motion injury can affect the joints of muscles, bones, and tendons. In some cases, however, repetitive motion may affect other parts of the body and may lead to complications, such as:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: This type of injury is caused by repetitive motion of the fingers leading to compression of the median nerve to the carpal tunnel.
  • Tendonitis: This type of injury results in tennis elbow, rotator cuff, or golfer's elbow.
  • Tenosynovitis: This type of injury occurs when a repetitive motion causes inflammation of the tendon sheath.
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: This type of injury happens when repetitive motion of the neck or shoulder causes nerve injuries or affects the blood vessels in the shoulder or neck.
  • Bursitis: Injury in the elbow, knee, and hip.

Workers’ Compensation for Repetitive Motion Injuries

If you suffer a repetitive motion injury at the workplace, you may be entitled to work comp benefits. a Missouri workplace injury lawyer can advise you whether you are entitled to compensation and how to file for benefits. Call The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (314) 361-4300.

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