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What are repetitive use injuries?

They are many different activities that people in California do throughout their lives. Some of the activities do not involve much physical exertion, while others can be very difficult on the body. Generally, when people are hurt it is because they did something such as trying to lift something that is too heavy, have a large object hit them, step on an uneven or slippery surface and twist ankles and other ways that immediate injuries occur.

Over time though even what may seem like a simple, easy movement may develop into an injury. These are known as repetitive use injuries. When people do the same movement every day for a long period of time the movement can wear down the ligaments, tendons and muscles and cause pain and discomfort.

Types of repetitive use injuries

There are many different repetitive use injuries that people can suffer. Some of the more common types of repetitive use injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis, tennis elbow, ganglion cyst (a fluid buildup around the wrist that can grow in size), trigger finger (this is a tendon injury which makes it difficult to straighten the finger) and many other injuries.

As these types of injuries are caused by repetitive movement, they often result from motions that people need to perform in order to complete their jobs. This means that the injuries are work-related and people who suffer from them may be able to receive workers’ compensation for the injuries.

There are many people in California who have developed repetitive use injuries due to movements they were required to do for their jobs. They may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits, but proving these types of injuries is more complicated than proving injuries that are caused by a single event. The benefits are important though and can pay for medical bills and lost income that may result from the injuries. Experienced attorneys understand how to prove the cause of these injuries and may be a useful resource.