HAVE YOU RECENTLY SAID ANY OF THE FOLLOWING?
- "I guess I'm getting old because I have pain when I do this."
- "My arthritis is acting up."
- "I don't know why I am stiff and sore."
Invisible injuries are workers' compensation injuries that can be caused by repeated work activities, including physical or emotional stress, over short periods of time or longer periods. Very strenuous activities and also minor activities that are very repetitive can cause these injuries. Common causes of repetitive stress injuries include typing, data entry, repetitive equipment operations, packaging, assembly, pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, twisting, overheard work, kneeling, bending and stooping.
Another invisible work injury is when a pre-existing medical condition or diagnosis has been made worse by work.
Do you have a medical condition that is becoming worse because of your work or because of something that happened at work? This can be claimed as a work injury for workers' compensation purposes.
Invisible injuries can occur when work causes any of these conditions to become worse:
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
High blood pressure
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)