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Overexertion injuries eligible for workers’ compensation

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2024 | Types Of Work-Related Injuries |

When you are on the job, you may be putting physical strain on your body. Injuries can happen when you push your muscles and joints beyond their limits.

In California, many types of overexertion injuries qualify for workers’ compensation. Understanding these injuries can help you stay safe and know your rights if you get injured.


Lifting heavy objects can lead to overexertion injuries in the workplace. Whether you work in construction, warehousing or healthcare, improper lifting techniques can cause strains and sprains in your back, shoulders and arms. You may have minor muscle strains or more severe conditions like herniated discs.

Repetitive motion

Performing repetitive tasks every day can strain your muscles and joints. Jobs that involve typing, assembly line work or operating machinery can lead to conditions like tendonitis, bursitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. These kinds of injuries develop over time. If untreated, they can cause chronic pain and discomfort.

Pushing and pulling

Moving heavy objects without proper equipment or help can result in overexertion injuries. Pushing and pulling in this way can strain muscles and joints in your shoulders, back and legs. You can get muscle strains, ligament sprains and even fractures if you exert too much force or twist your body while performing work tasks.

Bending and twisting

Jobs that require frequent bending, twisting or reaching can also lead to overexertion injuries. These movements put stress on your spine, muscles and joints. They can increase the risk of strains, sprains and other musculoskeletal injuries. Over time, repetitive bending and twisting motions can damage your back and neck.

Extreme temperatures

Working in extreme temperatures can also contribute to overexertion injuries. Working in high temperatures without adequate breaks or hydration can lead to conditions like heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Working in cold temperatures can increase the risk of muscle stiffness and frostbite. You must have proper attire and take frequent breaks to warm up.

Knowing the different types of overexertion injuries helps reduce your injury risk on the job. If you experience an overexertion injury, report it to your employer and see a doctor as soon as possible. You have the right to workers’ compensation benefits. Filing a claim can help you secure funds to pay your medical bills and lost wages.