Mechanics, construction workers, healthcare providers, office workers, waitresses, and just about any other professional and worker is at risk of developing a repetitive stress injury, or RSI. It can take months or years to develop an RSI, but if the injury is work related and impacts your ability to work, your medical bills and lost wages are covered under your employer's workman's compensation benefits.
If you've suffered a repetitive stress injury at work, here is valuable information to help you file a successful workman's compensation claim.
Common Types of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries, which are also known as repetitive motion disorders, impact a worker's muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons. As the name suggests, the injuries occur after the same motion is repeated constantly throughout the day.
Common repetitive stress injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Ganglion cysts
- Raynaud's disease
- Radial tunnel syndrome
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
The discomfort, numbness, stiffness, tingling, and cramping that is associated with repetitive stress injuries must have a meaningful impact on a worker's ability to perform their regular work duties to qualify for workman's compensation benefits.
Documenting and Reporting Your Repetitive Stress Injury
Talk to your employer immediately, if you believe the symptoms you are experiencing are connected to a repetitive motion injury. Write down your daily duties and keep track of your symptoms. Visit your doctor as soon as possible and provide them with a detailed list of your symptoms, when your symptoms began, and your duties at work.
Your doctor will run several tests to diagnose your specific RSI. Once the diagnosis is made, you may be given a prescription to treat the symptoms, place limitation on your work duties, and insist on more frequent breaks and changes to your work routine.
Filing a Workman's Compensation Claim
You and your supervisor or a human resources representative will file a workman's compensation claim. Provide your employer with your personal documentation about your injuries, including when it started and the symptoms you're experiencing, along with any information provided to you by your doctor. Unfortunately, workman's compensation claims for repetitive stress injuries are often denied, which is why hiring an attorney to help you strengthen your claim and fight for you is the best way to win your case.
Repetitive motion injuries are common, and the symptoms can make it difficult for someone to continue working. If you suffer an RSI, hiring an attorney to help you file a worker's compensation claim can help ensure you win your case.