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How to Manage a Repetitive Stress Injury in the Workplace 

When a person thinks of a work-related injury, he or she will typically think of a single, life-changing moment. This can include a slip and fall accident, or even a sudden explosion. What may workers fail to recognize, however, is that a great deal of workplace injuries occur as a result of long-time repetitive movements or postures while on the job. The cumulative effect of the worker’s posture or his or her repetitive movements can cause lifelong injuries. Fortunately, workers in the State of California may have the opportunity to collect workers’ compensation benefits for a repetitive stress injury. An injured worker, however, will need to demonstrate that his or her work duties caused the injury.

If you have suffered a repetitive stress injury as a result of your labor, the company you are employed will likely offer you financial compensation through their workers’ compensation package. While most workers will receive benefits, some employers can deny coverage due to the worker’s inability to demonstrate that he or she sustained the injury while on the job. Consider seeking the support of an attorney who has experience in dealing with workers’ compensation claims and who is specialized in the field of repetitive stress injuries. A specialized attorney will help you through the claims process and help you collect the necessary documentation needed for a successful claim.

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Form: Facing Obstacles

Dependent on the workers’ compensation package utilized by the employer, a repetitive stress injury can be labeled as any of the following:

  • Overuse injury,
  • Cumulative traumas, or
  • Repetitive strain injury.

The variation of the ailment’s name, among other elements, may make it difficult for any worker to complete a claim. If you are having difficulty in filling out the form, this can cause the claim’s process to be delayed or even denied. Consider obtaining the support of a knowledgeable attorney who can help you complete the form.

Common Symptoms and Conditions of a Repetitive Stress Injury

A repetitive stress injury can manifest through various conditions. This may include the following medical conditions:

  • Lower back pain,
  • Rotator cuff syndrome,
  • Tendonitis,
  • Epicondylitis,
  • Bursitis, or
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome.

As a victim, a worker may endure the following victims in the affected part of his or her body:

  • A tingling sensation,
  • Numbness in the specific part of the body where the condition is present,
  • Tenderness,
  • Pain or dull aches,
  • Lessened flexibility of ability to move, and/or
  • Loss of coordination or strength.

It is important to recognize that symptoms will not always be apparent. Even as they manifest, they will not always cause major pains. It is important that workers who perceive an injury seek medical attention as soon as possible. A physician will be able to diagnose the worker with the repetitive stress injury, which could be beneficial in a successful claim outcome.

The Bottom Line: Obtain Legal Support

Repetitive stress injuries will likely never happen overnight. What is certain, however, is that they have the potential of causing lifelong detrimental consequences on a worker and his or her family. If you are suffering from a repetitive stress injury, seek the legal support of a qualified attorney as soon as possible.

Attorney Albert E. Hirst is highly skilled in the field of repetitive stress injury claims. He is dedicated to helping workers obtain financial compensation for their work-related injuries through the filing of a workers’ compensation claim.