Employees deserve a safe working environment. Most industries try to make sure that the conditions provided are according to OSHA standards. But in some cases, it is difficult for employers to avoid workplace injuries.
Repetitive trauma is a complex workplace injury caused to the nervous system due to repetitive tasks over an extended period of time. At the workplace, they are caused by performing the same task over a long period of time, or because of awkward positioning. If you have been diagnosed with a repetitive trauma due to your work routine, you might be able to get compensation, which could include medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation.
Repetitive trauma injuries are a major problem for people working in an office environment. Employees that sit in uncomfortable positions in front of a computer for long periods of time can experience back pain, which is a kind of repetitive stress injury. According to the US Department of Labor, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the number one workplace injury in the country. This is a type of repetitive trauma caused because of excessive pressure below the wrist. Employees experience repetitive stress injuries like tennis elbow and radial tunnel syndrome in industrial environments where physical forces are exerted repeatedly. These injuries can be caused by
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 made sure there were specific rules and standards that businesses followed to protect their employees. The federal government has a workers’ compensation program, which consists of a large insurance fund, and can write workers’ compensation policies.
Sometimes employers will try to deny your claims of a repetitive stress injury due to poor working conditions. They have a higher possibility of proving this injury was not caused by your work environment because the time frame for these injuries is several years. If you suffer from a repetitive trauma injury due to unsafe working conditions, it is advisable to contact an attorney. Your attorney may be able to help you build a strong case to get you the compensation you deserve.