Lowering The Risk Of Workplace Musculoskeletal Disorders

March 17, 2023


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This year, state Senator Manka Dhingra, a Democrat representing Redmond, introduced Senate Bill 5217. This bill would repeal a current prohibition that prevents Labor and Industries (L&I), Washington State from enacting rules designed to lower the risk of workplace musculoskeletal disorders, which often lead to workers’ compensation claims.

What is a Musculoskeletal Disorder?

A musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) can include tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fibromyalgia, and bone fractures. Their primary causes are falls, poor posture, repetitive movements, and overuse.

Senate Bill 5217 is aimed at restoring Washington state’s “ability to more strategically address important workplace safety issues and reduce costs for all employers and workers.” According to the bill, the legislature finds that “work-related musculoskeletal injuries and disorders account for at least one-third of all workers’ compensation claims that result in time loss and wage replacement [and] are more severe than the average nonfatal injury or illness; and are a common cause of long-term disability in Washington state.”

When To Call A Workers’ Compensation Attorney

No one should have to choose between their paycheck and their mental health. By providing workers’ compensation insurance coverage for nurses with post-traumatic stress disorders through this bill, nurses will be able to continue to provide the important care our society needs while receiving their own health benefits.

A skilled workers’ compensation attorney like the ones at Emery Reddy ensure that the laws are followed and will take your employer to court when they aren’t. If you are a working parent or pregnant worker and suspect that your rights are being violated, contact our legal team today to discuss your options. Our experienced team will review the details of your situation, determine if you have a case, and help you decide on the best course of action for you and your family.

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