The legal field isn’t known for strenuous physical labor. Attorneys, court reporters, and law clerks spend much of their days sitting around a conference room table or at a desk. Court reporters in the Bay Area might try to get up and walk around every now and then, but this isn’t always possible during a lengthy deposition. By facilitating proper ergonomics for these long question and answer sessions, attorneys and court reporters can at least reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries.
An ergonomic chair and work surface can help prevent chronic medical problems like tenosynovitis, tendinitis, lower back pain, degenerative disc disease, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Some legal professionals have made the switch to a standing desk for very long depositions. This can help with blood circulation, but it’s still necessary to ensure the working surface isn’t too high or too low. It should be at the height that allows the arms to be perpendicular to the floor when the shoulders are relaxed. With a few simple modifications, attorneys and court reporters can get through long depositions with their health intact.