Repetitive Stress, Overuse and Cumulative Trauma Injuries
Injuries that develop over time can be as painful and debilitating as injuries from specific workplace accidents. Such injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, hand-arm vibration syndrome, torn rotator cuff, “tennis elbow”, “runner’s knee”, lumbar strain, and herniated discs. These injuries can be caused by repeated motions, using vibrating equipment, and continuous bending, twisting lifting or reaching.
As with other soft tissue injuries, it is important to consult with the appropriate physicians and to obtain the right treatments. Your successful Workers’ Compensation claim depends on your doctors’ ability to determine the extent of your injury and resulting disability and to document that the injury is consistent with your job duties or working conditions. Repetitive stress and cumulative trauma cases can be complex, as statute of limitation and notice issues can bar a claim. PearsonKoutcher lawyers understand the complexities of making a successful repetitive stress injury claim under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act and will guide you through the process from start to finish.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
One of the most common “repetitive stress” or “overuse” injuries is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). CTS is a debilitating wrist condition suffered by workers whose jobs require repetitive movements, such as typing, writing, assembly line work, use of tools, driving or sewing. Symptoms include finger and palm numbness and tingling in the thumb, wrist pain, weakened grip and difficulty moving fingers.
Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a condition resulting from prolonged exposure to vibration. Employees who work with vibrating tools – jackhammers, chainsaws, polishers, power jigsaws and sanders – are especially prone to developing this workplace injury. HAVS affects the blood vessels, nerves, muscles and joints. HAVS is also known as “vibration white finger” because the continuous vibration causes the inflicted workers’ fingers to turn white. Other symptoms include a cold sensation, numbness, tingling or throbbing pain in the fingers, as well as loss of manual dexterity and/or grip strength.
Contact PearsonKoutcher, LLP – Experienced Pennsylvania Workplace Injury Lawyers
At PearsonKoutcher, LLP, our Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation attorneys have extensive experience representing clients injured in all types of workplace accidents and as a result of various on-the-job hazardous conditions. We understand the complexities of medical diagnoses and work hand-in-hand with your medical care providers to properly address your needs and get you the benefits you deserve under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. Call us to today to set up an appointment with one of our knowledgeable lawyers to discuss your rights under your Act.