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Workers’ compensation and repetitive motion injuries

Workplace injuries can occur in a variety of ways. Employers failing to provide proper safety equipment or adequate training, third-parties veering into a construction zone, and even inclement weather can all cause a worker to suffer serious injuries. Yet, sometimes injuries are suffered on the job while carrying out one’s day-to-day duties. Even in these circumstances, an individual in Iowa may be able obtain workers’ compensation benefits.

One of these routine tasks that can cause serious injuries are those that are repetitive in nature. These types of injuries are extremely common, with tendinitis and bursitis leading the way. Tendinitis occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed, usually where it connects to the bone. This condition most often affects the shoulder, biceps and elbow. Bursitis, on the other hand, occurs when a sac meant to lubricate areas of friction inside the body become inflamed. This is most commonly seen in the knees, elbows and hips.

Those who suffer from repetitive motion injuries can experience pain, swelling and redness. It may also feel like their joints are “crunching” when moved. Perhaps most importantly, these conditions can result in a significantly reduced range of motion. This can have a profound impact on one’s ability to perform his or her work duties, especially when the work in question is repetitive in nature and contributed to the injury.

Repetitive motion injuries should be assessed and treated by a medical professional as quickly as possible. When such injuries interfere with one’s ability to work, then it may be time to consider a workers’ compensation claim. Those who adjudicate these claims are looking for very specific things, though, so those seeking relief need to make sure their claims are as legally sound as possible before moving forward. The same holds true for those who have had an initial claim denied and are now seeking an appeal. It is important that injured workers have the help needed to build a strong case, so they have the best possible chance of success given the circumstances at hand.