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Repetitive trauma is the result of completing tasks that require repetitive or constant movements throughout the work day. Office workers, assembly line employees and others who perform repetitive tasks on a regular basis throughout the day as part of their jobs are particularly susceptible to these types of injuries. In fact, repetitive trauma injuries are some of the most common Illinois workers comp injuries, and Chicago workers compensation lawyers handle hundreds of these cases per year. Common types of repetitive trauma injuries include:

  • Carpal tunnel 
  • Cubital tunnel 
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Overuse 

Repetitive trauma injuries are often treatable, if not preventable, by taking certain precautions before injuries result in the necessity for Illinois workers compensation benefits. Employers should pay special attention to the following:

  • Workspace: If employees’ work environments are ergonomically correct, they are far less likely to suffer repetitive trauma injuries.
  • Mandatory breaks: Taking mini-breaks over the course of the day, even to stretch your legs or use the bathroom once every hour or so, can help break up repetitive tasks.
  • Rest: If an employee is showing signs of repetitive trauma injuries, they should rest immediately. If they are unable to perform another job, they should not attend work. 
  • Exercise: The best prevention may be exercise, and strengthening muscles to help support each other. For example, many lower back strains could be prevented by stronger core muscles to help support the lower back from the front.

Repetitive trauma injuries are very common, especially in certain professions. In fact, Chicago workers compensation lawyers deal with thousands of Illinois workers comp claims each year. If you have sustained a repetitive trauma injury or have questions about Illinois workers compensation benefits, contact a Chicago workers compensation lawyer today. It may be your best chance of preventing permanent damage from a work related injury, in addition to following the above tips.

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  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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