Thanks to the increased use of computers and keyboards in the workplace, more workers than ever before are suffering from repetitive stress disorder (RSD).
In fact, RSDs now make up around 60 percent of all work-related injuries, with one in eight American workers being diagnosed with an RSD at some point during their working life.
What Causes RSDs?
Multiple kinds of work activities can lead to RSDs, including scanning retail items at a register, using a computer and keyboard, or doing any activity that requires workers to spend long stretches in a single position or repetitive tasks:
- Overhead work
- Assembly-line work
- Meat packing or butchering
- Pipe fitting
Massaging clients, driving, packing boxes, stocking shelves, and playing instruments can also cause RSDs. Other activities that can cause an RSD include repairing cars or other mechanical devices, jackhammering, sanding, polishing, painting, cutting, sawing, and much more.
Injuries Caused by RSDs
Any repetitive activities can cause RSDs. These disorders include tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, myofascial damage, cervical radiculopathy, or tenosynovitis. Symptoms may be so debilitating that workers may no longer be able to stay at their jobs.
Treatment for Work-Related RSDs
If you've been the victim of a work-related RSD, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits. These benefits can help you cover the cost of medical treatment and provide cash payments to supplement lost wages, even if you can no longer work.
Experienced New York City Workers Comp Attorneys
Our jobs shouldn't cause injuries that affect us for the rest of our lives. Employers and companies have a responsibility to make sure that their employees are working under the safest conditions.If you have suffered a repetitive stress disorder or other job-related injury, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact Finkelstein, Meirowitz & Eidlisz, LLP at 212-385-9190 or fill out the form on our website to arrange a free consultation.