3 Simple Ways to Prevent Workplace Repetitive Stress Injury

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Did you know repetitive stress injuries are eligible for workers’ compensation in the state of Oregon? This particular type of claim can pose some challenges. You must be able to prove your repetitive stress injuries, prove the injuries are work related, file the claim in time, prove you’re eligible for disability benefits, and ensure you don’t have to return to work too soon. However, having a trusted attorney on your side can help guide this kind of workers compensation claim.

Common Indications of a Repetitive Stress Injury

Repetitive stress refers to damage to the tendons, muscles, and/or nerves. This type of damage gradually builds over time and is caused by repetitive motions. Symptoms include: 

  •   Pain
  •   Stiffness
  •   Throbbing
  •   Cramping
  •   Weakness
  •   Numbness or tingling
  •   Aching or tenderness

Tips for Working Safely 

Repetitive stress injuries commonly occur in construction, cashiering, carpentry, computer, and office work, writing, plumbing, and assembly-line jobs. Here are three simple ways to help work safely and reduce the risk for repetitive stress injuries:

  1. Maintain Good Posture. If seated, make sure your back is supported, your screen is at eye level, and try to keep your knees slightly lower than your hips. If standing, keep your shoulders back, level your head, keep your feet at shoulder width, and carry most of your weight at the balls of your feet.
  1. Take Breaks. Change up your position as often as is feasible. Taking shorter and more frequent breaks is more beneficial than taking fewer and longer breaks.
  1. Take Deep Breaths. Deep breathing can help reduce stress. When the body is more relaxed, it can help reduce tension in the neck and shoulders.

Navigating a workers’ compensation claim is unique. Oregon law only offers a limited amount of time to file a repetitive stress claim, so consult an attorney as soon as possible if you have experienced symptoms. If you’ve sustained repetitive stress injuries, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the Shlesinger & deVilleneuve Attorneys to discuss your specific situation related to workers compensation.

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