Repetitive stress injuries (RSI) don’t get the same attention as workplace accidents, but the fact is that RSIs are some of the most common causes for seeking workers comp benefits.
If you believe you’re suffering from a work-related RSI, you probably have a lot of questions. Here’s what you need to know before you seek compensation for your repetitive stress injury.
Many types of work-related activities can cause repetitive stress injuries.
Working with many common tools can trigger tennis elbow, lifting can trigger chronic back pain, typing is a common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome—the list goes on and on.
Your first step should be consulting with your doctor.
Tell your employer, and also tell your doctor about your symptoms. If your doctor diagnoses you with a repetitive stress injury, it may be time to contact a workers compensation lawyer.
That depends on your job duties. For example, if you’re required to repeatedly lift and carry heavy boxes, always try to lift with your legs instead of your back.
If you type constantly, remember to stretch and take breaks, and to type at an angle that feels comfortable.
And of course, see a doctor immediately if you feel hurt—don’t wait for symptoms to get worse.
Yes. In most cases, you should report your RSI to your employer. Reporting your injury is also one of the first steps for filing a workers comp claim.
If you feel pressure about telling your employer, and you fear reprisal or retaliation, contact an attorney immediately.
If your repetitive stress injury was caused by work, then you may be eligible for workers compensation.
Experienced workers compensation lawyers understand how to get maximum payouts for hurt workers—and help you avoid mistakes that could jeopardize your benefits.
In general, employers are required to give their employees a “reasonably safe” working environment.
You should be given the equipment and tools necessary to avoid work-related injuries. However, understand that a work-related injury is still a work-related injury—even if your employer took necessary precautions, you are still entitled to compensation.
Yes, workers compensation disability benefits cover RSIs.
Depending on your income and employment history, you may also qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
Are you suffering from a repetitive stress injury that you believe is work-related?
If so, we’re here to help you get the compensation you deserve.
To get a free case evaluation and to know more about Davis & Sanchez, contact the firm at (801) 746-0290 or (208) 258-7000, or visit them at 655 E 4500 S #120 Murray, UT 84107 or 4696 W Overland Road, Suite 162 Boise, ID 83705.
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