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Sprains, strains and torn ligaments result from overexertion

Employees in all sectors in Arizona face injury hazards -- some risks are unique to the industry while others pose threats to workers in all industries. Back and shoulder injuries, along with other musculoskeletal injuries and soft tissue injuries like sprains, strains and torn ligaments, result from overexertion -- regardless of the industry. Employers must protect the health and safety of workers, and that responsibility includes providing safety training to teach workers proper lifting techniques.

Using tools, lifting, carrying, pulling, pushing and gripping objects are classified as high force demands, which can cause overuse of specific body parts. Workers who need to maintain stationary or awkward body postures such as kneeling, twisting, bending or stretching for hours on end typically develop overexertion injuries. Repetitive stress disorder develops from repeating the same motions for without frequent breaks to rest.

Then there is another group of overexertion hazards that result from contact stress and working in hot or cold environments. Adverse effects are also caused by hammering with the hand and working with power tools that create hand-arm vibrations. Whole-body vibrations also occur, and one industry known for this injury type is commercial vehicle driving.

Arizona workers are entitled to be protected from preventable workplace injuries, including sprains and strains that could lead to medical expenses and lost wages. However, overexertion injuries are not as visible as broken bones or open wounds, and proving them to be work-related could be challenging. This is where the skills of a workers' compensation attorney are helpful. A lawyer who is experienced in dealing with the Arizona workers' compensation insurance system can improve the injured worker's chances of receiving maximum benefits.

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