A Royal Pain in the Wrist

Computer injuries are mounting, big lawsuits are looming, and now the government is set to step in

Bonnie Halper was banging out advertising and publicity copy for RCA Records 2 1/2 years ago when she felt a tingling in her right pinky. Not knowing what caused it, Halper kept right on typing. Within half an hour her right hand and arm were numb. In less than a month, she was effectively disabled on both sides -- unable to turn a doorknob, tie her shoelaces, button her clothes or brush her teeth without excruciating pain.

At first Halper didn't want to accept her doctor's diagnosis: repetitive strain injury (RSI) caused by too many long hours at the word processor....

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