Repetitive Motion Injuries
Every worker, regardless of industry or position, has the right to a safe work environment. Sadly, many suffer injuries due to repetitive tasks at work, known as repetitive motion injuries. These can lead to debilitating conditions that can significantly impact their lives. The law firm of Dupée & Monroe, P.C. is here to help you understand how repetitive motion injuries occur in different workplaces and your right to compensation for the harm done, including coverage of your medical expenses and loss of income.
Repetitive Motion Injuries in the Workplace
Repetitive motion injuries, also known as repetitive stress injuries, occur when a worker performs the same task repeatedly over time, leading to wear and tear on the body. These injuries can affect muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments and include conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and bursitis.
Different work environments present unique risks for repetitive motion injuries. In an office setting, typing or mouse use can cause strain on the wrist, leading to conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. Industrial and warehouse workers might face back, neck, or joint injuries from repeated heavy lifting or operating machinery. Construction workers can also develop such injuries through the constant use of hand tools or other repetitive tasks.
Workers’ Compensation and New York Law
Under New York law, workers who have suffered a repetitive motion injury at work are eligible for workers’ compensation. This form of insurance provides benefits such as medical expenses, wage replacement, and disability benefits. Unlike other types of workplace injuries, repetitive motion injuries do not have to be linked to a specific incident. Instead, it’s necessary to show that the injury is work-related and was caused by tasks performed as part of your employment.
Third-Party Liability in Workplace Injuries
Though employers are primarily responsible for providing a safe work environment, third parties may also bear some responsibility for workplace injuries. In certain cases, contractors and building owners may be held liable for failing to provide protective safety equipment, proper training, and safe workplace practices.
Under New York Labor Laws, specifically Section 200 and Section 241, third parties like owners, contractors, and developers have a legal obligation to provide a safe work environment. These sections mandate that all work sites be constructed, equipped, and operated in a way that provides reasonable and adequate protection for the health and safety of workers. Should applicable regulations not be adhered to, the responsible third parties could be held responsible for injuries that occur to workers as a result, including repetitive motion injuries, even if they are not the worker’s primary employer.
While third-party liability is less commonly seen in repetitive motion injuries compared to employer liability, it’s crucial to consider all potential avenues of compensation after a workplace injury. If a third party’s failure to provide a safe work environment contributed to your injury, you may be entitled to additional damages.
Get Help With Repetitive Motion Injuries in New York and the Hudson Valley
If you’ve suffered a repetitive motion injury at work, remember that you have rights and you are not alone. In Orange County and the Hudson Valley, the attorneys of Dupée & Monroe, P.C., in Goshen are dedicated to helping you understand your rights and pursue claims for civil liability wherever applicable. Together, we can strive for the compensation you deserve, allowing you to focus on your recovery.
Understanding your rights and legal options is the first step to justice. Let us help you take that step. Don’t suffer in silence; reach out to Dupée & Monroe, P.C. for a free consultation today by calling our Goshen law office at 845-294-8900.