Winning a Repetitive Stress Injury Lawsuit
For many people who work in labor-intensive fields such as the railroad industry and construction, work-related repetitive stress and cumulative trauma injuries are a real concern. These types of injuries can cause long-term pain and inhibit you from effectively performing your job. Because these injuries accumulate over time, many people don’t realize that they may have legal recourse to pursue compensation for their pain and suffering.
At the Maurer Law Firm, attorney Ira M. Maurer understands these types of cases and has written a handy guide on the types of injuries caused by repetitive stress and how to go about pursuing a case.
Repetitive stress and cumulative trauma injuries are not direct injuries, rather, they slowly develop over time through repeated motions such as gripping tools, flexing and extending certain joints, heavy lifting, operating machinery, and even excessive typing. These types of repetitive motions can lead to injuries such as:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: This injury causes pain in the hand and wrist and occurs when repeated wrist motions lead to swelling and compression of the median nerve. The main causes for this include poor positioning of wrists while typing, prolonged exposure to vibrations from hand and power tools, and any repeated movement that extends the wrist.
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: This injury can cause pain and numbness in the elbow, hand, and fingers and can weaken your grip. Like Carpal Tunnel, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve becomes compressed or constricted due to repeated arm motions.
- Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow): This injury is caused by repetitive stress from the overuse of the elbow. When left untreated this injury can cause chronic pain in your elbow, extending throughout the arm, limiting your ability to work and perform daily tasks.
- Shoulder injuries: Physical stress from repeated or excessive use of the shoulder can cause tears and swelling in the tendons of the rotator cuff, leading to pain that limits mobility in your shoulder and arm. This usually occurs from repetitive overhead activity and heavy lifting over long periods of time and can cause permanent disability.
These musculoskeletal injuries can severely impact your ability to perform your job and daily activities but can be hard to prove. Fortunately, personal injury attorney Ira Maurer works with ergonomic specialists and orthopedic surgeons to establish a connection between your injury and your workplace. Once established, he’ll work to prove that the company was negligent in allowing you to work in ways that caused the injury.
This blog was submitted by the Maurer Law Firm. If you believe you’ve suffered a work-related repetitive stress injury, contact the Maurer Law Firm today at 845-244-8343 today to schedule your complimentary consultation. We fight for those who live in the greater Fishkill, Poughkeepsie, and nearby areas in New York.