Overexertion injuries in the workers’ compensation system
One of the leading causes of work-related injuries in the United States is overexertion. Many employers try to take steps to prevent these injuries but, despite best efforts, workers are continuing to suffer injuries.
Such overexertion injuries can be caused by working in awkward positions and putting stress on body parts. Repetitive jobs cause muscle tension that don’t allow enough time to recover. Taking breaks and lessening the amount of weight that you carry or lift can help prevent these types of injuries. However, once again, despite best efforts, these injuries still occur.
Some tips to avoid physical exertion include:
- Practice good posture
- Utilize ergonomic workspaces
- Lift lighter loads and use proper lifting techniques
- Know and respect your body’s limits.
Gillette Injuries in MN Work Comp
If you believe that you have suffered an overexertion or repetitive-type injury, it is important that you report your injury to your employer. Failure to report your injury when it is known or thought to be known to be work-related could be a bar to workers’ compensation benefits. It is also important to seek medical care and treatment to document your condition.
Under Minnesota workers’ compensation law, overexertion or repetitive-type injuries are typically referred to as “Gillette” type injuries. You should know your rights under the law as it relates to these types of injuries. Our office offers free consultations to provide you with the necessary information so you can move through the workers’ compensation system and get the benefits that you deserve. Feel free to contact our office for a free no-hassle consultation.