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If your job requires repeating the same motion over and over, you may be at risk of a repetitive motion injury. Repetitive motion injuries can occur in a range of professions. Many people don’t realize that even sitting at a desk and working at a computer all day can cause injuries over time. If you work in Arizona and suspect you’re experiencing a repetitive motion injury, the experienced team at Cruz & Associates can help you file for workers’ compensation and maximize the settlement you deserve.

Common Causes of Repetitive Motion Injuries

Repetitive motion injuries can cause many ailments including loss of strength, coordination, range of motion or flexibility, general pain, tenderness, tingling, and numbness. Though these issues may not be noticeable at first, they could cause serious issues for your body in the long run. Common causes of workplace repetitive motion injuries include:

Computer-Related Work

Sitting at a desk all day takes a toll on your body over time. You may begin to experience back issues if you fail to get up and move often enough. If you spend your days working on a computer, tablet or phone, you may experience arthritis in the hands and wrists from typing, as well as potential eye damage from screens.

Frequent Lifting

Employees who are required to frequently lift heavy objects, such as athletes, delivery drivers, or grocery and stock clerks, may experience pain and lasting issues in the back and joints especially.

Vibrating Equipment

Vibrating equipment, especially hand-held, is likely to wear down your bones and joints over time, causing long-term discomfort. Industries that may utilize this type of equipment and experience the resulting injuries include janitors, plumbers, bus drivers and more.

Uncomfortable Postures

If your job requires you to hold uncomfortable postures for extended periods of time, you may begin to notice recurring pain and inflammation in your body. Health care workers, professional cleaners, sanitation workers, athletes and musicians may encounter these injuries.

The Workers’ Compensation Process

In the state of Arizona, your employer is required to provide benefits and coverage if you were injured on the job regardless of how the injury was sustained.

The first step in your workers’ compensation claim is notifying your employer of the injury so they can provide you the appropriate insurance information. Then, and perhaps most importantly, visit a doctor as soon as possible to legitimize your injury and begin necessary treatment. Ensure your doctor knows this is a work-related injury so they can provide documentation for workers’ compensation.

Then, you must complete either the Worker’s and Physician’s Report of Injury or the Worker’s Report of Injury. Your report will then be filed with the Industrial Commission of Arizona and will receive a response within 21 days. It’s important to note that workers’ compensation claims must be filed within one year of the injury.

Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys in Phoenix Today

If you need help filing your workers’ compensation claim in the state of Arizona, the skilled attorneys at Cruz & Associates are equipped to assist you. We proudly serve Phoenix and the surrounding areas with local legal knowledge and reputable services in both Spanish and English.

Don’t suffer with this injury another day; contact us to start receiving the financial support you need. Your first consultation with our team is always free. Fill out our online contact form or call our Phoenix office to get started.