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May work-related pain qualify for workers’ comp benefits?

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2022 | Firm News

Physical pain that you experience while performing your work may require a medical exam to discover the source or cause. A guidebook published on the California Department of Industrial Relations website notes that pain from on-the-job repeated motions may qualify for workers’ compensation.

You may need to stop working, report the pain to a supervisor and seek medical treatment. To prevent a disability from developing, you could apply for workers’ comp to help you heal. You may receive treatment until your condition improves.

Could work-related pain indicate a repetitive strain injury?

If your work requires constant hand or arm motions, pain may reflect a repetitive stress or strain injury. As reported by Healthline, the pain may appear mild at first and then intensify as you perform your job tasks. Stiffness, tingling or swelling may warn you to stop working.

Repeated motions for up to eight hours each day could take a toll on your arm and hand muscles. Resting and stretching your arms or fingers may help lessen the pain. Adjusting your workstation or changing your posture may also help.

What repeated activities may cause stress-related pain?

Common work activities that require constant hand and arm motions include using power tools and performing repetitive tasks on an assembly line. While it may seem reasonable to ignore your pain and continue working, the strain placed on your hands and arms may also begin to affect your back and shoulders. If your tasks include bending or heavy lifting, it may contribute to even greater stress.

Constant work-related pain may warn you that you could soon develop a long-term or permanent injury. Worker’s comp benefits may cover the cost of the medical attention you need to diagnose and correct the cause of your pain. Waiting too long to seek medical attention, however, could allow your condition to become a disability.