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Musculoskeletal Disorders Responsible for One-Third Workers Compensation Claims

April 3rd, 2015 at 2:02 pm

workers comp, workers compensation, Cook County Workers Compensation AttorneyAccording to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), musculoskeletal disorders caused by ergonomic hazards are the reason for one-third of the workers compensation cases that occur every year.

These types of injuries are referred to as work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) and are the cause for over 600,000 missed days from work. For every three dollars spent on workers compensation injuries, one dollar is spent on WMSDs.

WMSDs occur when there is repeated stress put on a body part. The position a person is required to be in when the task is being performed triggers pain and eventually causes deterioration of the affected tissues, muscles, and joints. These types of injuries are classified as ergonomic risk factors, and studies have shown that continued exposure to these types of risk factors increases the chances of developing musculoskeletal disorders.

WMSDs affect workers in many different industries, as well. However, according to statistics provided by the CDC, the top industries affected by WMSDs are non-durable goods merchant wholesalers, furniture and home furnishing stores, and merchant wholesalers of durable goods.

WMSDs can injure many parts of the body, including the back, upper extremities and lower extremities. One of the bodily regions that have seen a major increase over the past few decades is the upper extremities. Carpal tunnel syndrome and shoulder tendinitis represent two of the more common injuries in this area.

Almost 70 percent of the WMSDs are caused by manual activities on the job. Tasks such as moving, lifting, or lowering heavy objects are the most common ways these injuries can occur. Another twenty percent of WMSDs  are the result of slip and fall accidents.

If you are suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder, contact an experienced Cook County workers compensation attorney to find out what legal recourse. Call the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today, at 630-574-2288, for a free consultation.



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