Workers compensation and repetitive stress injuries

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2021 | Workplace Injuries |

Repetitive stress injuries (RSI) impact millions of people every year, making daily life difficult for many of them.

These injuries arise when a body part is overused from performing the same motion over and over again, causing the bones and ligaments to wear down over time.

RSI can impact any body part, with symptoms depending on a wide range of factors, including health, age, and underlying conditions.

Common repetitive stress injuries include:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Focal Dystonia
  • Intersection Syndrome

RSI can happen anywhere and for any reason, but they are often work-related. The workplace is where people are most likely to perform the repetitive motions associated with RSI.

According to OSHA, RSIs are responsible for over $17 billion in workers compensation claims annually.

Filing workers compensation for a repetitive stress injury

If you suffered an RSI during work, you may be eligible for workers compensation benefits. In order to qualify, you must demonstrate that the injury occurred, it is work-related, and it is preventing you from performing your job duties.

If your claim is successful, you may receive a benefits package that covers the cost of medical care and a pays out a portion of your weekly wages until you are eligible to return to work.

An experienced workers compensation can help

Navigating the workers compensation process is challenging. Furthermore, employers and their insurance company may deny your claim by arguing it wasn’t work related.

Hiring an experienced workers compensation lawyer is the best way to ensure your rights as an injured worker are acknowledged and honored.

Injured workers in Lake County shouldn’t hesitate to reach out. The steps you take immediately following your injury often determine if the claim is approved or denied. If cost is a concern, many lawyers offer a free initial consultation at no out-of-pocket cost to the client.

 

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