5 Ways to Prevent RMI

BY: Koszdin | Friday, April 19, 2019.

Technology is the wave of the future, but can our bodies handle it? Repetitive Stress Injuries, or Repetitive Motion Injuries, are never in the job description when starting a career. Many people don’t realize that aches and pains in hands, arms, and shoulders are related to their work, but they are. Our Van Nuys Repetitive Motion Injury Attorneys at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry have worked with clients since 1955. We have seen it all from carpal tunnel to torn rotator cuffs. We have seen clients with a range of injuries from temporary to permanent injury. We have witnessed the chronic pain and the medical bills pile up from surgery after surgery. When people are injured they want to get better; they want to get back to their job.

Our Van Nuys Repetitive Motion Injury Attorneys at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry believe in the power of the legal system. Just because it doesn’t say injury in the job description doesn’t mean that it isn’t’ really and it doesn’t mean that you don’t need help. Workers’ Compensation Insurance is mandatory in almost all businesses. The purpose of this insurance is to ensure that workers get all the help they need. A blue-collar worker in 1912 filed the first claim of a repetitive motion injury. It was a telegraph operator who claimed the “telegraphists’ cramp”. Other names were “washerwoman’s thumb” or “glass arm”. Blue collar factory workers made up the most claims for repetitive motion injuries as they were required to use their arms and hands over and over again. Nowadays, people who sit and type on computers are more susceptible to such injuries.

How to Prevent Repetitive Motion Injuries

When computers became more commonplace, people who grateful. No more refilling of paper or changing ink ribbons on typewriters. However, without having to worry about moving about and changing things on your typewriter, people who type at a computer have no real reason to move. Even though we represent people who are dealing with RMI, we want to share some knowledge on how to prevent RMIs:

  1. Setting up your computer screen so it is raised and directly in front of your face is important. Constantly looking down at your screen cause neck pain and round your shoulders.
  2. Softly typing keys prevents you from placing so much pressure on your hands and fingers which can, in turn, hurt your wrist and arm.
  3. Don’t bend your wrists when typing.
  4. Keep your feet flat on the floor to improve posture.
  5. Sit up in your seat and make sure your chair supports your spine.

Following the proper way to type is challenging. Just because you slouch sometimes doesn’t mean you don’t deserve the help you need in order to get back to healthy. If you are suffering from a repetitive motion injury, you are not alone and we are here to help fight for you. Call 818-812-5639 or click here to schedule a free consultation with our Workers Compensation Attorneys at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry in Van Nuys today.

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