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Repetitive stress injuries might be covered by workers comp

Last week, we highlighted the fact that May is Mobility Awareness Month and how mobility awareness can play a positive role in the lives of those who have been seriously disabled by a workplace accident. This week, we're looking at a completely different type of workplace injury that is also relevant to May.

May is also Correct Posture Month. What does that have to do with workers' compensation or workplace injuries? The right posture at a desk or workstation can help you avoid repetitive motion injuries. These injuries occur when your body handles the same types of motions on a regular basis, including typing, using a mouse, using a telephone, or picking up items. Repetitive motion injuries don't require dealing with heavy items to occur.

Some examples of repetitive motion injuries can include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis and rotator cuff tears. Learning about correct posture and creating a habit of it in the workplace does alleviate some repetitive motion issues, as does the use of proper equipment or ergonomic furniture.

You can't always avoid a repetitive motion injury with such solutions, though, and what causes such an injury for one person might not for anyone else doing that job. This makes linking your pain or symptoms to the workplace a bit more difficult than it might be if you were injured in an accident on the job.

If you are suffering from such injuries, then working with a lawyer experienced in repetitive motion injury claims can help you make a successful claim for compensation. Our firm understands these types of injuries and knows that they are covered under workmans' compensation. We can use our knowledge to help you understand your options.

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