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Preventing and Preparing for Injuries at Work in Georgia: Avoiding Repetitive Stress Injuries

My previous articles in this series on how to prepare for the possibility of a work injury have focused on the types of individuals covered by workers’ compensation.  This article will focus on how to prepare so you may avoid certain types of injuries.

What are repetitive stress injuries

Some workers’ compensation injuries are not caused by a specific one time event.  Instead, some injuries are caused by cumulative trauma or what might be called repetitive stress or overuse.  The most common and well known type of cumulative trauma injury is probably carpal tunnel syndrome; however, people can experience cumulative trauma work injuries to their backs, necks, shoulders, knees, elbows, and many other parts of their body.

Georgia workers’ compensation law does provide workers’ compensation benefits for injuries that happen as a result of repetitive work or cumulative trauma.  However, the best thing to do is to avoid injury, if possible.  It is important to state that I am not a doctor so please do not take what I say as medical advice.  Your doctor or another medical professional is the best person to consult about how to avoid repetitive work injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.

Helpful hints for avoiding repetitive stress injuries

That being said, there are a number of helpful hints that I expect will help minimize your risk of suffering a repetitive stress injury at work.

  1. Make sure that your work area is ergonomically designed
  2. Maintain good posture while working
  3. Take breaks to stretch and relax while at work
  4. Exercise regularly
  5. Consult a doctor if you start developing pain so you can prevent any work injury from getting worse

The Georgia workers’ compensation system attempts to help you recover from a work injury, but the best thing to do is to avoid the injury in the first place.  While this is not always possible, hopefully preparing ahead of time will help minimize your risk of suffering an injury at work.  If you do develop a repetitive stress or any other type of work injury, we will be happy to provide you with a free consultation.  Simply call the phone number or complete the “Need Help” form and someone from our office will be glad to help you.

What if I have other questions about workers compensation?

Georgia’s workers compensation system can be very confusing.  You have to worry about getting the treatment you need and paying your bills while also worrying about not missing any deadlines that could cause you to lose your right to receive workers compensation benefits.

If you have questions, I would recommend that you try to get answers.  To find out more about how to schedule a time to talk to me about your workers compensation questions, just read this short article.

Jason Perkins is an attorney who specializes in representing injured workers.  He regularly publishes videos and write blog articles about Georgia’s workers compensation system and issues that are important to injured workers and their families.

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Brittney-lee orourkeBrittney-lee orourke
05:23 18 Feb 22
Amazing! Jason and his team were very helpful and had the best communication by far. Walked me though every step with great detail and had answers for any question I had. They handled my case better then I could imagine, it was a weird case and they stayed on top of it and kept me updated every step of the way! Highly recommend this Team! Thanks so much to Jason and his Awesome team!-Brittney
China JonesChina Jones
18:58 08 Feb 22
I absolutely love this group of attorneys, when I was at my lowest they did everything they could to help me get justice for my injury. I believe if I were to have never picked my phone up and called the amazing group that helped me I definitely would not have received my idea of rights. If you have an issue and are just not sure please understand that they will help you, stay in contact, answer any question you have, and for sure get you the justice you deserve I thank them from the bottom of my heart and I will definitely refer them to anyone who has been hurt because they most definitely care about their work and clients.
Luv LocsLuv Locs
16:08 15 Jan 22
The entire law office was attentive and responsive to all of my concerns dealing with my workers compensation case.
21:14 02 Jan 22
If you must get a lawyer involved, you’d do well to work with Jason Perkins and his team at Perkins Studdard Law.They were thorough in gathering information and in sharing all the steps in the workers comp process specific to my case. Jason and the team were responsive to my bevy of questions and concerns.I appreciated the informative videos and consultations provided by Jason over video meetings and multiple phone calls.I hope I’m never injured on the job again. However, if I am and if my employer responds as my previous employer did, I’ll contact Perkins Studdard Law immediately to handle the case.
Dana BessDana Bess
23:57 10 Dec 21
Everyone at Perkins Studdard was kind and professional. They were always extremely responsive and answered all questions that I had and followed up to make sure I had an understanding of what was going on along with emailing videos to explain every step of my case so I would know what to expect and be prepared. Jason is a very genuine person and I trusted him with my case. He answered so many questions for me even before I retained him as my WC lawyer. I highly recommend him and his associates at Perkins Studdard.

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