Can I Sue My Job if I Have a Repetitive Stress Injury?
If your job requires you to perform one particular task over and over, it is likely to cause a repetitive stress injury. This is especially the case if you are unable to vary your action, or if you are not given enough breaks from performing the task. Becoming afflicted with a repetitive stress injury on the job means that the employee may be eligible for worker’s compensation.
Evan A. Hoffman, a highly experienced South Florida Worker’s Compensation Attorney, has years under his belt of fighting for the rights of his clients, and has the record to prove it.
According to Legal Match, a repetitive stress injury may occur as the result of something highly strenuous, like heavy lifting or bending, but it also may be caused by a seemingly harmless activity that the employee has to perform day in and day out. Such tasks include, but are not limited to the following:
- Repetitive typing and other computer-related activities. Employees who have to spend all day on the computer, and are constantly typing, frequently end up with severe tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Repetitive bar code scanning. People who work in retail or at grocery stores often have repetitive stress injuries from constant scanning or register operation.
- Static posturing. This means that the employee is required to stand still or retain the same posture for a prolonged period of time. This can occur when working in retail, but a repetitive stress injury from static posturing can also take place from excessive kneeling or crouching, and is often seen in electricians or plumbers, who need to fit into cramped spaces to perform necessary tasks.
- Working in assembly lines. Factory employees who work with minute pieces of equipment, or who have to perform the same task over and over, often contract repetitive stress injuries in their hands or fingers.
Repetitive stress injuries can be chronic, which is why it is especially important to document the incidents and all circumstances surrounding them. In the case of repetitive stress injury, the employee should detail the exact task they have been contracted to perform, as well as the timeline and number of hours. Photographic evidence is also a good idea, as well as obtaining testimony from coworkers.
The most important thing you can do is to enlist the assistance of a good injury lawyer, such as South Florida Worker’s Compensation Attorney Evan A. Hoffman. Contact us today for more information about how we can help you – and don’t worry. We’ll come to you.
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