Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Repetitive Stress Injuries?

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Like many employees, you likely want to go to work, do the duties you are paid to perform, and go home. However, this is unfortunately not the reality for many, as you may leave work in excruciating pain. Unfortunately, many workers across all industries can fall victim to repetitive stress injuries. If you’re unsure what these conditions entail or if they are covered under workers’ compensation, you’ll want to keep reading. Additionally, you will discover why it is in your best interest to connect with a Monroe, Louisiana work injury lawyer to explore your legal options during these difficult times.

What Are Repetitive Stress Injuries?

Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are cumulative injuries that someone may sustain over time. Generally, When someone makes the same motions repeatedly daily, you’ll find that sometimes this can cause significant stress and damage to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. One of the most common examples is carpal tunnel syndrome. Generally, the nerve in your wrist can become restricted by inflamed and swollen tendons or ligaments. As a result, those with this condition will find they have restricted mobility, pain, discomfort, and weakness.

While carpal tunnel is one of the most common examples, other forms of RSIs include trigger finger, tendinitis, Osgood-Schlatter disease, and rotator cuff injuries. Most commonly, pain, discomfort, and loss of mobility are the most reported side effects and symptoms.

Many people assume that only those who work manual labor jobs can sustain these injuries. However, this is far from the truth as anyone from construction workers and railroad workers to those who work in an office or a supermarket can sustain these injuries.

Can I Recover Workers’ Compensation for These?

Unfortunately, many assume that if you are injured over time, you cannot recover compensation for the damages you’ve sustained. Workers often assume that only singular events and accidents resulting in an injury or medical bills warrant funds. Luckily, this is far from the truth. Generally, as long as you can prove that you sustained this injury as a direct result of your job duties, you can recover funds.

It’s important to know that if you begin experiencing pain, you should document it immediately. Additionally, you should keep a log of what motions your job requires you to perform that can contribute to the discomfort and pain you are experiencing.

If you file a workers’ compensation claim and your employer denies it for whatever reason, you do not have to accept this. Instead, connecting with an experienced attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve for medical bills, partial lost wages, and other damages. If this reflects your circumstances, the team at Breithaupt, DuBos, & Wolleson, LLC can help you through these difficult times. Contact our team today to schedule a free consultation.

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