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Repetitive Motion Injuries

July 12th, 2012

Repetitive Motion Injuries

On a construction site, there are many tasks that are done over and over again. While it is important to complete these jobs correctly and efficiently, these repetitive motions can also have a negative effect on the employee’s health and wellness. While it might not seem dangerous or harmful, strain caused by repeatedly performing the same motion can be exhausting and often puts too much stress on the joint being used, causing a person to develop a repetitive motion injury.

Although these types of injuries typically develop over time, they may also be the result of defective equipment, employer negligence, or other factors. Thus, individuals that have suffered a repetitive motion injury because of their work on a construction site should consider talking to an attorney about potentially pursuing compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

Identifying Repetitive Motion Injuries

Because repetitive motion injuries usually affect small joints, such as wrists or fingers, the pain may be slight for the first several weeks of the strain, causing a person to be unaware of their injury. However, the sooner a person identifies the symptoms of a repetitive motion injury, the easier it will be for them to get help before the injury intensifies. The most common symptoms include:

  • Swelling around the affected joint
  • Pain in or around the joint
  • Stiffness
  • Red or otherwise discolored skin around the joint
  • Feverish skin

Anyone developing these signs of a potential problem should seek the aid of a medical professional in order to assess the damage done by a repeated construction site task.

Common Repetitive Motion Injuries

There are many types of injuries that can develop on a construction site, but repetitive motion injuries can be some of the most long-term damaging. The slow wear and tear of repeated actions that put the body under serious stress can cause painful conditions that may last for the rest of the victim’s life. The most frequently diagnosed repetitive motion injures include:

  • Bursitis- Inflammation of the bursae, the fluid sacs that protect the muscles and tendons as they slide across joints
  • Tendonitis- Simply translated to “inflammation of a tendon,” tendonitis is a painful development that occurs because of a serious strain on a muscle system or joint. Tendonitis is specifically reserved for acute injuries.
  • Carpal tunnel- A type of neuropathy that causes pain and numbness in the hands because of compressed nerves in the wrist

These are only the most common repetitive motion injuries. Others may occur, leaving victims dealing with painful conditions that prevent them from working.

Who Can Help?

Victims of repetitive motion injuries may be eligible for financial compensation which can be used to cover the costs of medical treatment and lost wages. As long as the injury was developed because of the work done on a construction site, it is likely that you are a candidate for monetary support. If the injury was a result of another person’s recklessness, you may be eligible for a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible person. In order to assess your individual situation and decide if you meet the requirements, you should contact a lawyer that handles this type of case.

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