Typing injuries develop over time and, if left untreated, become painful and debilitating conditions that can inhibit your ability to carry out your daily life activities. In the early stages, many people don’t notice the symptoms. But as time passes, the symptoms get worse and often lead to chronic pain. Typing injuries are repetitive stress injuries that can be recognized by eight signs identified below.
What Are Repetitive Stress Injuries?
Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are conditions caused by placing too much stress on a joint, varying in type and severity. Most RSIs are linked to the pressure of repetitive motions at the computer or overuse injuries in sports.
RSIs frequently affect your:
- Hands and wrists
- Elbows and forearms
- Shoulders and Neck
- Other areas of your body
RSIs don’t just happen overnight but develop over time when too much of one action without rest or too few complementary actions utilize other muscles to balance out the repetitive motion.
Work-related repetitive motions include typing at a keyboard, clicking a mouse, and any other activity where the body is strained by staying in one position or performing one action for too long without breaks.
If you are experiencing pain you believe was caused by years of hard work, do not hesitate to contact KCNS Law and learn about your options for workers’ compensation. Most workers’ compensation attorneys handle claims on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not pay until you get compensation.
What are the Most Common RSIs and their Symptoms?
Five of the most common repetitive stress injuries are:
- Tendonitis is the most common of repetitive motion disorders. Tendons connect muscles to bones. Tendons are designed to stretch as we move. When a joint is overworked without sufficient time for the tendon to rest between periods of activity, the tendon can become inflamed. Any further motion will make tendonitis worse.
- Bursitis. Bursae are the sacs that cushion the space between a bone and tendon. The bursae reduce friction from movement by preventing bones from rubbing up against other hard tissues. The repetitive motion of a joint can cause the sac to become inflamed.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome is an injury we’ve all heard of when working at a computer. Carpal tunnel syndrome refers to inflammation of ligaments and tendons in the hand that results from a pinched median nerve. Pain can radiate all the way from the fingers to the elbow.
- Trigger finger is tendonitis caused when the tendons in the finger or thumb cannot move smoothly and get stuck. The stuck finger causes pain and restricted movement.
- DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis is the pain in the wrist near the base of the thumb caused by inflammation of the tendon running through the thumb. This pain can be exacerbated by unnecessary tension while performing a task. The tendon can rub against the nearby bones and lose the ability to move smoothly. The friction further increases swelling.
Repetitive strain injuries are the result of repeated physical movements. Symptoms of a Typing RSI vary but include:
- Burning in the hands, wrists, fingers, or elbows
- Coldness or numbness in these joints
People with these injuries might wake at night from the pain, or lose strength and coordinationin the hand.
Pain after a few minutes of typing may signal a repetitive strain injury, as can moderate wrist pain after typing a lengthy document.
If you’re in the state of California, then KCNS Law Group, LLP is your go-to team of lawyers with decades of experience assisting injured workers with workers’ compensation claims.
What to Do When You Suspect You Have a Work-Related RSI?
- Notify Your Employer. Any time you are inured doing work for your employer, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. A worker should always report their injury to management, HR, a supervisor, or their boss. Often, this will require that the victim make a statement about the incident and recount their version of the events, in addition to listing any injuries they sustained.
- See a doctor as soon as possible. aAny employees who hurt themselves while at work hesitate to see a doctor or physician because they do not believe the injury they experienced was “serious” enough. Unfortunately, this can have damaging repercussions, as many injuries don’t show how serious they are right away.
- Another significant benefit of seeking immediate medical treatment is that a physician will document the injury as being work-related. This can act as an essential piece of evidence, should you need to contest your claim against your employer’s insurance company
- File a Workers’ Compensation Claim. To be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, you must :
- Be an employee of a company who has (or was supposed to have) workers’ comp insurance.
- Have been injured at work or as the result of job-related duties.
- It is a good idea to get an experienced California workers’ compensation lawyer to start on your claim. You will have to prove that your injury was sustained at work and not some other activity in your life.
What if Your Employer Doesn’t Pay for Medical Care for an RSI?
RSIs are generally covered under workers’ compensation. Still, a few states set particular limits on cumulative injuries or require employees to meet higher standards for proving their RSIs resulted from work duties rather than other activities in their life.
RSIs can be expensive, and medical treatment can extend for lengthy periods. Insurers will do everything they can to reduce or deny your claim to avoid paying those benefits.
If the workers’ compensation insurance company outright denies your claim, it could leave you without financial or medical benefits. A skilled and experienced workers’ compensation attorney can develop the proper medical evidence to support your claim.
Seek The Best Legal Counsel for Your RSI Typing Injury Claim in California
Employees suffering from repetitive stress injuries due to bodily wear and tear in the workplace could qualify for workers’ compensation benefits if they show that their work duties were to blame. At KCNS Law, we are familiar with tactics used by insurance companies to deny benefits and knowledgeable in how to have repetitive stress injury claims recognized by insurers.
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