Does workers’ compensation cover repetitive motion injuries?
Timothy Shay

Does workers’ compensation cover repetitive motion injuries?

On Behalf of | Oct 31, 2022 | Worker's Compensation |

Workplace injuries come in various forms. Some injuries result from acute accidents, such as dropping heavy equipment or falling at a worksite. However, many work-related injuries result from repetitive movements over a longer period of time.

Repetitive strain of the muscles, nerves and tendons can cause painful injuries that limit workers’ capabilities. People with repetitive motion injuries should look into workers’ compensation benefits.

Common repetitive motion injuries for workers

A wide range of occupations can lead to repetitive stress. Assembly-line factory workers and people who work in warehouses may be especially susceptible. However, office workers and restaurant staff can develop repetitive motion injuries, too. Construction workers and anyone with a physically demanding job, including healthcare workers and firefighters, should also be wary of the risks of repetitive strain.

Common repetitive motion injuries include tendonitis and arthritis. Areas of the body linked to work-related repetitive strain injuries include:

  • fingers
  • wrists
  • shoulders
  • elbows
  • neck

Repetitive strain injuries can cause pain, weakness, numbness and tingling. Workers with repetitive motion injuries may lose their range of motion and struggle to perform job duties.

Workers’ compensation for repetitive strain injuries

Workers’ compensation can support people with repetitive motion injuries linked to their jobs. These benefits can help with medical expenses and lost wages. However, it can be more complex to prove that a repetitive strain injury occurred due to work activities because there is not one clear incident to investigate. It may also be difficult to determine when an injury started for compensation purposes.

In some cases, workers who develop repetitive motion injuries can receive the support they need through workers’ compensation.