Generally, when a person thinks about filing a workers’ compensation claim, it is likely that a person will only consider filing for a catastrophic event. Catastrophic events can be the result of countless of accidents. These can include, but are not limited to the following:
- A worker losing a limb due to a machine used at work
- A delivery driver suffering a collision while being on-the-clock
- A warehouse worker being injured by a forklift vehicle
- A construction worker suffering a slip and fall accident
Catastrophic injuries are a large part of workers’ compensation cases, but it is important to know that they are not the only types of cases that are successfully processed. The workers’ compensation system can also cover other types of injuries. There are other types of injuries that could have devastating outcomes and could be just as costly. Some of these injuries could be repetitive motion injuries.
If you or someone you know has suffered a repetitive motion injury as a result of a workplace grievance, it is important to know that there may be an opportunity to obtain financial compensation. Obtain the support of an attorney that has experience in dealing with workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation claims in the State of California have strict time restrictions known as statute of limitations and a qualified attorney can help you through the process of filing for a claim in a timely manner.
Identifying a Repetitive Motion Injury
Repetitive motion injuries are commonly referred to as repetitive strain injuries. These types of injuries can develop in a person’s tendons, nerves, or muscles. They usually develop as a result of some form of repetitive motion that is done frequently and over a large period of time. An illustrative example of a susceptible worker to this type of injury is a factory employee who has to tighten bolts all day, every day. Over a period of time, this worker can develop pain in his or her hand joints and wrists. An even more common example of this type of injury involves office workers who tend to develop carpal tunnel as a result of repetitive motions. Similarly, hairstylists also develop this type of repetitive motion injury.
Repetitive Motion Injuries under California Workers’ Compensation
A repetitive motion injury in the State of California could be covered under the workers’ compensation system if the injury was a direct result of the person’s occupation. While repetitive motion injuries tend to develop over a long period of time, as long as the injury happened due to actions retaliating to the worker’s job description, the injury will be covered under the workers’ compensation system.
Obtain Legal Support
If you have reason to believe that you have suffered a repetitive motion injury as a result of your daily work duties, report the injury to your employer immediately. You should also seek treatment for the injury as failing to do so could cause further injury and could also affect you should you choose to file a workers’ compensation claim. Seek the support of a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. An attorney with the right experience could help you through the claims process.
Attorney Albert E. Hirst has extensive experience in dealing with worker’ compensation claims in the State of California. He is dedicated to helping employees obtain financial compensation for the injuries they have sustained at work. Seek the support of a qualified workers’ compensation attorney.