Musculoskeletal injuries encompass a wide range of serious conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains and hernias. According to the New Jersey Department of Labor, approximately 17,500 musculoskeletal injuries required time away from work in 2002. Because these types of injuries are so serious and may require extensive medical treatment and recuperation time, you may be entitled to file a Workers' Compensation claim for compensation.

Musculoskeletal Injuries and Their Causes

There are a number of injuries that employees may experience simply by performing their job. The most common musculoskeletal injuries include: 
  • carpal tunnel syndrome;
  • sprains;
  • tears;
  • back pain;
  • hernia; and
  • connective tissue diseases.
Typically, these injuries may occur as the result of overexertion (moving boxes or objects that are too heavy), climbing, reaching or repetition (such as typing or using repetitive movements on an assembly line). 

Preventing Musculoskeletal Injuries at Work

Preventing such injuries in the workplace is possible. One way is by designing an ergonomic workplace to reduce the amount of pressure and strain on the musculoskeletal system. By providing specially designed office chairs and keyboards, your employer can increase workplace health and productivity. 

If your employer will not provide special equipment to reduce the risk of these injuries, there are some precautions you can take on your own. For example, poor posture can put a strain on your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. To combat this, you should always strive to maintain a neutral posture -- that is, not stretching to the end of your range of motion -- whether you are sitting or standing for your job. Every once in awhile, you should stop to ensure that you are in this neutral posture and are not straining your joints.

Repetition is another cause of musculoskeletal injuries. If you perform repetitive movements on the job, you should take regular breaks to allow your muscles and joints to relax. Stretching techniques can also help you loosen your joints to prevent injuries. 

Contact a New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney

If you have sustained musculoskeletal injuries at work, a New Jersey personal injury attorney can help you file a Workers' Compensation claim in order to recover compensation for the expenses related to your medical treatment and time off of work. Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. is a dedicated Workers' Comp attorney who has helped thousand of clients with their cases. To learn how he can help you, please call 1-877-360-0183 or complete an online contact form today.
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