05 Apr Repetitive Motion Injuries Lead to Workers’ Compensation Claims
Most people think of sudden, traumatic injuries, like slip and falls, when they hear workers’ compensation claims. At Bloom Law Office, workers’ compensation attorneys have seen it all from “injury from falling object” to repetitive stress injuries caused by work. Workers’ compensation coverage spans a lot more than traumatic accidents in the workplace. In fact, workers’ compensation doesn’t require an injury to stem from one specific event.
There was a time when repetitive stress injuries usually only happened to certain craftsmen, such as those using hand tools on the job. Today, injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are one of the top causes of a workers’ compensation claim (you can thank the Digital Era for that). Any injury caused by a job, whether from a single event or years of repetitive movements, may qualify for a workers’ compensation claim.
Types of Workers’ Compensation injuries
Even if you have a pre-existing condition, you may qualify. Repetitive stress injuries are also called cumulative trauma injuries and repetitive motion injuries. They’re caused by working an assembly line and can include tendinitis, bursitis, and a number of other injuries. However, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common and caused by a compressed nerve in the wrist (the median nerve). Swelling compresses the nerve and symptoms can include pain, numbness, or tingling. If untreated, the muscles can atrophy and permanently make it difficult to perform work.
Workers’ compensation was created to pay for medical bills and lost wages due to a work injury. The coverage can continue to pay for medical bills that are related to an injury even after a person has returned to work. It’s different than a personal injury claim in that workers’ compensation doesn’t account for pain and suffering. However, it may be possible for a person to also file a personal injury claim.
The most important aspect of any workers’ compensation claim is to prove that it occurred at or from work. That’s where a workers’ compensation attorney comes into play. Repetitive stress injuries can be tough to prove, and you have the best odds of a fair outcome with a workers’ compensation attorney.
Injured At Work? Call Bloom Law Office For A Free Consultation
You may need doctor testimony that shows the injury is related to work. This testimony cannot be doubtful or vague. Attorneys can help you secure these testimonies for a faster and fairer outcome. Get a free consultation by calling Bloom Law Office at 855-208-3650 and remember Bloom Law Office doesn’t get paid until you do.