A lot of workplace injuries occur in accidents, whether foreseen or not. A construction worker can fall from scaffolding, be hit by a moving car, or be pinched by heavy machinery. Each of these instances can leave a worker seriously injured. Yet, it doesn't take a freak accident to cause harm to an individual in the workplace. Instead, oftentimes workers are hurt merely by carrying out their day-to-day duties.
Repetitive motion injuries, for example, are quite common. They occur when repeated motion causes microscopic tears in body tissue. Although the body can usually repair these tears quickly and without an individual noticing, over time it can become harder for the body to keep up. This slow down can lead to inflammation which, in turn, can cause an individual pain.
There are various types of repetitive motion injuries, but the most common are tendinitis and bursitis. Tendinitis occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed, usually where it attaches to the bone. This condition can affect a lot areas of the body, including the shoulder, elbow, and bicep. Bursitis occurs when a bursa, a pouch meant to reduce friction within the body, becomes inflamed. This most commonly affects the knees, hips, and elbows.
Repetitive motion injuries, while painful, can also reduce an individual's range of motion. Coupled together, these characteristics can render an individual unable to carry out his or her work duties, at least on a temporary basis until their body is healed. If this situation develops during the course of one's employment, then workers' compensation benefits may be available to help alleviate the financial strain associated with needed medical care and lost wages due to missed work. To learn more about how to pursue one of these claims, it may be worth speaking to a legal professional of your choosing.