Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI)
When workers’ repeat the same physical tasks day in and day out, they are putting a constant strain on the same group(s) of muscles, tendons and ligaments in their bodies. As a result, they run the risk of developing repetitive stress injuries, which can result in irreversible physical damage.
For example, while people who regularly lift heavy objects as part of their daily work activities can develop repetitive stress injuries that affect their backs and necks, individuals who work in offices and type as part of their primary job function can develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
Regardless of the specific cause of repetitive stress injuries (which may also be clinically referred to as repetitive motion injuries or overuse disorders), it’s important that workers’ know that, when they develop such injuries as a result of working:
- They will likely be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to cover the costs of their medical bills, ongoing treatment needs and any wages they may have lost due to the injuries.
- They will have the best chances of obtaining the maximum possible benefits by working with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
Causes of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Some of the specific actions that can cause workers to develop repetitive stress injuries over time include (but are not limited to) regularly:
- Lifting objects, which can strain workers’ knees, any parts of their backs and/or their shoulders and necks
- Bending over to perform work, which can strain workers’ knees, lower backs and necks
- Typing, which can stress the tendons in the hands and wrists
- Sitting or being sedentary, which can cause prolonged hunching and, consequently, place undue stress on worker’s shoulders and upper backs
Types of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Common types of repetitive stress injuries that may workers can develop include (but are not limited to):
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, marked by numbness and/or pain in the wrists and/or hands
- Bursitis, characterized by pain and inflammation in the affected joints (Bursitis commonly develops in the shoulders)
- Ganglion, marked by fluid-filled areas of inflammation in the feet, hands and/or wrists
- Epicondylitis, which is also commonly referred to as tennis elbow and is characterized by swelling and pain in the elbow joints
- Tendonitis, marked by pain and swelling of the tendons in the affected area (which can include the ankles, wrists, etc.).
Denver Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Bisset Law Firm
Have you been diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury that could have been caused by the nature of your work? If so, the skilled Denver workers’ compensation attorneys at the Bisset Law Firm want you to know that we are here to fiercely defend your rights to compensation. Our experienced team of legal professionals is committed to providing each of our clients with the highest quality legal representation, keeping each of our clients informed and in the loop at every stage of their cases and, ultimately, helping them obtain the best possible results for their cases.
We offer knowledgeable, superior counsel to anyone seriously injured on the job. Some of our specific strengths include our fierce negotiating skills, our extensive trial experience and our readiness to take decisive action when the denial or delay of a workers’ compensation claim is finally overruled.
Contact the Denver workers’ compensation lawyers at the Bisset Law Firm by calling (303) 894-8900 to learn more about your rights and receive a professional evaluation of your case.