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Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist*
AS AUTHORIZED BY THE PA SUPREME COURT

Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist*
AS AUTHORIZED BY THE PA SUPREME COURT

Musculoskeletal overuse injuries on the job

Workers in Pennsylvania should be informed about the risks of overuse injuries. These can be a problem in just about any career, though some jobs are more prone to this issue than others. If your workplace provides ergonomic equipment, it can be a good idea to take advantage of it. That can help you maintain good body position on the job and avoid injury. People who perform repetitive motions during the course of their normal tasks and responsibilities are at risk of developing musculo-skeletal disorders.

Musculo-skeletal injuries and work

Musculo-skeletal injuries relate to muscles, joints, nerves, spinal discs and connective tissue like tendons. They can be caused by many things, including trauma and repetitive motions done in a setting like a workplace. In fact, the CDC and Bureau of Labor Statistics are very interested in on-the-job musculo-skeletal injuries and their causes.

When people get injured on the job, that means lots of time off. Sometimes it also involves payments to them through workers’ compensation or as damages awarded in lawsuits. To limit the chance of injuries, workplaces may implement policies like limiting overtime or promoting simple group stretching sessions at the beginning of shifts.

Some of the most common ailments associated with musculo-skeletal injuries on the job include carpal tunnel, arthritis and back pain. Industries affected by overuse injuries include sports, manufacturing, hair styling, waiting tables, data entry, nursing and others. If you think that you may have a musculo-skeletal injury related to your work, it’s important to contact a lawyer.

Seeking Legal Assistance

An attorney may be able to help you understand if you have a case in which you could collect damages. Financial damages can be used to help cover medical bills, lost wages and more. Your lawyer could advocate on your behalf with your employer and with insurance providers.