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Repetitive stress injuries are more than a nuisance

It can be more than monotonous to do the same motions over and over again. While it may be boring, it can also be harmful. Repetitive stress injuries can occur when a person does the same movement over and over, essentially overusing a part of the body that can lead to a permanent level of disfunction or disability. Did you know that these injuries are potentially compensable?

Repetitive stress injuries can come in many forms, due to a variety of movements. Something as small as typing can bring on repetitive stress injuries in the hands and wrists. Operating machinery and lifting or pressing repeatedly can cause injuries in the back and neck. Even straining your eyes to see can cause issues with your sight in the long term. Certain tendons, joints or other tissues can be damaged permanently when they are overused.

Carpal tunnel is not the only result of repetitive motion

If you work in an office environment, you probably know of someone who sits at a computer, works with a keyboard and a mouse all day, and suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome.

However, there are many serious conditions that fall under the repetitive motion heading and they can affect anyone from assembly line workers to carpenters to musicians.

VSSR claims - what are they and who are they for?

Sometimes it can feel like employees are at a disadvantage to their employers. It seems like the employers set the rules, all the conditions and in return, the employee gets paid. While in theory, it may be a little unbalanced, employees do have rights in terms of worker safety and wellness. Oversights, in terms of workplace safety, can cause a worker to become injured.

Where does an injured worker turn? In Ohio, a state law related to a VSSR, a violation of specific safety equipment, can be an 'add on' to any workers' compensation claim that worker may have after suffering injury. The state authorizes the Industrial Commission of Ohio (also known as the IC) to grant additional awards to an injured worker or their family when a workers' compensation injury, illness or death results from an employer's violation of specific safety equipment. This additional award ranges from 15 percent to 50 percent of the maximum allowable weekly compensation rate granted to the injured worker.

Industrial worker dies after accident at Columbus worksite

Really thinking back on the history of the American worker, so many workers before us fought for safer workplaces. Many take it for granted today, but the average industrial worker knows just how dangerous the workplace can be. Sadly, a worker in a Columbus industrial plant perished after an accident at his workplace. While under the incident is under investigation, a few details are emerging about the accident that led to his premature death.

The plant the man was working at was located on the 1700 block of Feddern Avenue in Columbus. According to details released from a preliminary investigation of the industrial worker accident, the man was working with others on his team when he fell off a ladder into a tank. While in the tank, he suffered cardiac arrest, although it is currently not known what was in the tank. Fire crews were having a difficult time retrieving the man and although they tried to revive him, he was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital.

Do you have questions about the workers' compensation process?

You might have been aware of your work injury instantly. A sudden twist of the knee or a fall from a piece of equipment made it pretty obvious just what caused your pain and inability to work. However, not all work injuries are that obvious. Some are brought on slowly, by years and years of repetitive motion or exposure to some element that can cause chronic pain and some level of disability.

Whatever your situation may be that has lead you or a loved one to a place where you are unable to work, there are options. One of the options available to some workers in Ohio is workers' compensation. The workers' compensation process may feel daunting at first, especially to those who are unfamiliar with it. Here are a few things one should do after suffering a work injury.

Don't suffer through repetitive stress injuries alone

Even though the first thing that may come to mind when the word "injury" is mentioned is severe wounds such as cuts and broken bones, there is another class of injury that is much less dramatic but equally as traumatizing. Repetitive stress injuries can cause enormous amounts of pain and affect your ability to work, but you don't have suffer through them alone.

Sometimes known as cumulative trauma or overuse injuries, repetitive stress injuries include a wide range of conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, trigger finger, rotator cuff syndrome, tennis elbow, lower-back pain, and many more. These conditions are not spontaneous instances of injury. Instead, they slowly accumulate over time and lead to sometimes-debilitating situations.

Worker injury, illness may require workers' compensation benefits

You work hard for your money. But what does your money buy you? Money can buy you and your family financial security, a place to live and most other things one requires or wants in their life. While you work hard to secure it, your body can take a toll in the process. This is especially true for industrial workers and other manual laborers.

Since our bodies are susceptible to injury or illness, what does a manual laborer do when they are temporarily unable to work? Since those workers in this industry need their body in top condition to get their work done, it can be frustrating or scary to lose the ability to work based on one's health. However, this is a big reason why workers' compensation exists. It helps those who use their body as their main tool to receive financial supplement in periods where they are injured or ill and unable to work.

Ohio construction worker dies after accident at work site

Some jobs are more dangerous than others. For those that are in the manual labor industry, they are well aware that their job is much more difficult than a typical office job. This is because of the hazards and potential hazards that construction workers, industrial workers and the like, face each day. While OSHA and other safety agencies and organizations oversee and do their best to prevent accidents, injuries and deaths, they do and will likely continue to occur.

Sadly, an Ohio man lost his life far too young on an Ohio construction site while helping build the new Mount Carmel Grove City hospital. While the project is still in process, and it is unclear exactly what events led to his death at this time, he was pronounced dead at the scene. According to family, OSHA is investigating that accident, as is typical of all accident involving worker fatalities. The family says they must know exactly the event that lead up to their loved one's sudden death.

What is a repetitive stress injury?

If you are unable to work because of a repetitive stress injury, you may wonder what the term repetitive stress injury refers to and what your options may be if you are suffering from one. Repetitive stress injuries can include tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and bursitis which can all be debilitating and painful injuries to suffer from and can be challenging to treat.

Repetitive stress injuries refer to injuries associated with the nerves, muscles, tendons and bones of the hands. One common type of repetitive stress injury is tendonitis which refers to an inflammation of the tendons in the hand. The tendons in the hands connect muscles to bones and can become inflamed or injured with repetitive movements, causing tendonitis. The signs and symptoms of a repetitive stress injuries can include pain, stiffness, weakness, swelling, tingling, numbness and sensitivity to cold or heat.

How might an emotional injury affect you physically?

Your job is dangerous, and one day, the worst scenario occurs. You witness a serious accident at work that claimed the life of your co-worker and friend. While you were not personally involved in the accident, you now suffer from chronic nightmares, anxiety and panic attacks, especially when confronted with situations at work that remind you of the accident. Like many other Ohio residents, your experience has resulted in post-traumatic stress disorder.

Although you know that PTSD, anxiety and depression rarely go away on their own, you are hesitant to seek compensation for your emotional injury, fearing you will be denied help. However, you may feel encouraged to learn that workers' compensation can cover emotional injuries. It is best to seek help, rather than attempt to deal with it on your own, since PTSD and chronic anxiety can eventually cause physical symptoms, such as the following:

  • Migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations
  • Joint pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Weight gain

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