Repetitive Motion Workers Comp Claims
Repetitive motion is a classification in the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics for what causes a work related injury to a worker. When a worker suffers an injury that is work related, whatever is responsible for that injury is put under one of the categories in the OIICS.
A repetitive motion injury refers to an injury to a part of a worker's body that results from the worker having to do the same motion over and over again. Over time, this strains the body part. A repetitive motion injury is used for a large group of conditions that come from using a worker's body in a repetitious way and lead to injury by the amount that the repetitious motion is done.
Sub Categories of the Repetitive Motion classification
The accident classification of repetitive motion is divided into sub-categories. These are:
- Repetitive motion, unspecified - This is where the type of repetitive motion that caused the injury is not listed or specified
- Typing or key entry - This is when the repetitive motion is caused by using a computer or office machine
- Repetitive use of tools - This is used when an injury is caused by what are regarded as tools
- Repetitive placing, grasping, or moving objects, except tools - This is used when an injury results from repeatedly placing, grasping or moving objects that are not tools
- Repetitive motion, nec - This is used when the repetitive motion that caused the worker's injury is not classified somewhere else, not elsewhere classified (nec)
11 Types of Jobs With a Higher Risk for a Repetitive Motion Injury
There are some jobs that involve performing repetitive motion, which make them a higher risk for sustaining a repetitive motion injury. Some of these are:
- Computer users
- Meat, poultry and fish packing workers
- Workers who use saws or jackhammers
- Postal workers
- Dental technicians
- Cake decorators
- Carpet installers
- Many kinds of assembly line workers
Possible Injuries That Result From a Repetitive Motion Injury
Most of the time a repetitive motion injury centers around a joint and usually involves the bursa, muscle, tendon or bone of the affected joint. However, other anatomical areas and features can be stressed through repetitive motion, and the response to that strain may be a repetitive motion injury. Some common examples of a repetitive motion injury are:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which means that your median nerve becomes compressed with your carpal tunnel
- Bursitis in your knee, hip or elbow
- Tendonitis, which may involve tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, rotator cuff or biceps
- Tenosynovitis, inflammation of your tendon sheath
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a condition that affects the nerves and blood vessels in your neck and shoulder
Can I Get Workers Comp for my Repetitive Motion Injury?
You may wonder whether a repetitive motion injury will qualify you to get workers comp. The answer is, "Yes."
If the job that you do for your employer involves repetitive motion and you are injured as a result of that repetitive motion, you are eligible for workers comp benefits. If your employer is trying to keep you from getting workers comp, you need to see a workers comp lawyer.