A person’s ability to work is part of his or her livelihood. With the inability to perform a routine job duty, this can affect a person’s ability to pay his or her bills and maintain a home. For many workers across California, it can be very easy to take workplace safety for granted. The majority of workers fail recognize that even the most mundane job duties can pose a risk for permanent bodily harm.
The Benefits of Filing for a Workers’ Compensation Claim
When it comes to injuries eligible for receiving workers’ compensation benefits, it should be noted that not every accepted work-related injury will show immediately after the accident. For example, suffering an accident such as a slip and fall can result an immediate notice of the injuries sustained, such as broken bones. Even in these times of accidents, however, injuries can be progressive and have the potential to cause injuries that are not always immediately apparent. In the case involving a slip and fall accident, injuries that could take a while to show involve head injuries.
Workers’ compensation benefits can cover injuries that are gradual, some which are repetitive stress injuries. By filing a workers’ compensation claim for a work-related repetitive motion injury, the benefits could involve:
- Financial support while the worker is unable to return to work
- Financial compensation for any medical expenses related to the ailment – which includes physical therapy, doctor visits, prescription medications, or surgery
- If the ailment does not permit the worker to return to his or her job, benefits could include training to apply for a different job
Identifying Different Types of Repetitive Stress Injuries
About 20 percent of all work-related injuries are not caused by sudden accidents, rather from doing an every-day repetitive motion that causes injury to the body. An overuse of certain body parts can cause cumulative trauma injuries, these are frequently known as repetitive stress injuries. Repetitive motions can put a strain on a person’s muscles, bones, or tendons. This overuse can sometimes result in injury and/or pain. Common example of repetitive stress injuries involve:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome,
- Shoulder injuries,
- Bursitis, or
- Back injury
Without adequate medical treatment, repetitive motion injuries can gradually worsen and cause permanent nerve damage, loss of motion, and chronic pain. Since a majority of these injuries require the need for surgery, many insurance companies or employers can challenge the workers’ compensation claim.
Seek the Support of a Qualified Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Filing a workers’ compensation claim for a repetitive stress injury can be grueling. As an injured worker, however, you have the right to file a petition to receive benefits. If you have sustained a repetitive stress injury because of a work, consider speaking to a qualified attorney who can help you build a strong case.
Attorney Albert E. Hirst has dedicated his career to workers who have been injured at work obtain the benefits they deserve. Attorney Hirst is highly qualified in workers’ compensation claims involving repetitive motion injuries. If you have suffered an injury while at work, consult a professional attorney as soon as possible.