What Should I Know About Repetitive Stress Injuries?

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What Should I Know About Repetitive Stress Injuries?

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When it comes to working, you may share the same sentiment as many other employees across the country, in that you’d like to go to work, do your job, and go home. However, for many, sustaining injuries on the job can change the trajectory of their lives. Unfortunately, repetitive stress injuries are often overlooked, leaving many workers unaware of their rights when they have sustained cumulative trauma on the job. If this reflects your circumstances, it’s important to understand what you should know about workers’ compensation and how a Sacramento personal injury lawyer can help you during these difficult times.

What Are Repetitive Stress Injuries?

Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are those that are sustained over a period of time due to repeated motions or actions that place strain on the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. There’s a common misconception that only those who work manual labor jobs can suffer from these injuries, which is far from the truth. Workers across all industries can endure RSIs, from office workers and cashiers to train engineers and pilots.

When you overuse a part of your body, it can cause the muscles and tendons to become inflamed. As a result, nerves can become compressed, limiting your mobility while causing pain, numbness, weakness, and discomfort. Common RSIs include carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, tennis elbow, and shin splints.

Are These Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

Many workers assume that they are ineligible to receive compensation for repetitive stress injuries they sustained due to the nature of their job because it was caused over a period of time rather than a singular event or accident. However, it’s critical to note that so long as you can prove that the injuries you endured were a direct result of the duties of your job, you are eligible to recover compensation.

If you begin to feel pain or discomfort while working and believe it’s related to your job duties, you should note down when you began feeling the pain, what tasks you perform that you believe contribute to the discomfort, and how many hours per day you are expected to perform these tasks. This can help establish your condition and help your doctor make a more accurate diagnosis regarding your pain.

If My Employer Disputes My Claim, What Can I Do?

In the event your employer disputes your workers’ compensation claim because they claim that your injuries were not obtained on the job, understanding how to proceed is critical. Because workers’ comp helps cover partially lost wages, medical bills, and other damages, it’s imperative to fight for the funds you deserve. That’s why you should connect with an experienced attorney who can help you explore your legal battles to fight for your rights.

At the Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes, we understand how complex these matters can be which is why we are dedicated to fighting for you. Connect with us to learn more about your legal rights and how we can assist you if you’ve suffered injuries because of your job duties.