Understanding The Legal Process

Seeking Workers' Compensation Benefits For A Repetitive Stress Injury: How A Lawyer Can Help

by Eli Gregory

There are several different types of work-related injuries that may qualify you for compensation under workers' compensation laws. Unfortunately, far too many people do not even realize that they may be able to collect compensation for what is arguably the most common type of workplace injury. This category of injuries is referred to as repetitive motion or repetitive stress injuries.

Repetitive motion injuries are those that are suffered as the result of completing the same motion over and over again. For example, if your job duties require you to lift heavy items off the floor repeatedly, you may experience repetitive stress injuries in either your knees or back. On the other hand, if you are constantly typing on a computer in the completion of your job duties, you may develop carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis as a result. The key to determining whether or not you qualify for compensation under workers' compensation laws is proving that these injuries are the result of you performing your job duties. This is where choosing to hire a workers' comp attorney can become essential.

How A Workers' Comp Attorney Can Help

It is quite common for insurance companies to try and challenge claims for compensation when they involve repetitive stress injuries. This is because many of the same motions that you may complete during the course of your workday may also be a part of your everyday life. For instance, while you may use a computer at work, there is a good chance that you also use a computer when completing personal tasks. A workers' compensation attorney can help you to gather the medical evidence you need to prove your case and get the compensation you need.

Protecting Your Rights

Another common issue that people can run into when filing a claim for this type of injury is that they simply don't know what their rights are in the workplace after filing a claim. For example, if your employer attempts to discourage you from filing a claim, if you experience any retribution in response to you choosing to file a claim, or if your employer refuses to make reasonable accommodations so that you can continue working while receiving treatment for your injuries; these actions can be a violation of your rights and may entitle you to additional compensation. This is another area in which a workers' compensation lawyer may be able to assist you with your claim.