Compared to a single accident that causes a serious injury, repetitive stress injuries typically occur over time as the muscles, tendons and ligaments break down. If you or a family member is suffering through the pain and loss of range of movement, you might be entitled to recover workers' compensation benefits.
Unlike typical workplace injuries, there is no one single event that causes a repetitive stress injury. Instead, these are caused by tasks that are repeated over and over again throughout your workday that wear on a certain part of your body. Tasks such as moving a box from one conveyor belt to another, removing a piece from an injection mold or even typing can lead to shooting pain, numbness or loss of mobility. In some instances, muscles in the back can sustain damage making it difficult to sit, stand or walk for any length of time.
Many people equate carpal tunnel with repetitive stress. In fact, there are numerous conditions that can arise from the constant, repeated movements necessary to complete job tasks. These conditions can include: