Your job can take a toll on your body. From being a baker constantly kneading dough to a construction worker using heavy machinery each day, your body is put through the ringer. Over time, the constant tasks you do for work may cause more than exhaustion. They may lead to serious injury.
Repetitive stress injuries are one of the most common types of work-related injuries and conditions, even more so than slips and falls. However, once you learn you suffer from a repetitive stress injury, you may worry about the cost of treating it or how it will affect your employment. With a sudden injury from an accident, you know to turn to workers’ compensation. But what about this? Like an injury suffered during an unexpected work accident, the cost of treating your repetitive stress injury may be covered by Ohio’s workers’ compensation insurance system.
To find out how to obtain compensation, contact the certified workers’ comp lawyers of Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA at (419) 625-7770. Attorneys Adrienne Hines and Victor Kademenos have extensive experience representing clients who have suffered repetitive stress injuries. They can help you file a claim and recover benefits for your injuries.
What Are Repetitive Stress Injuries?
Repetitive stress injuries occur when too much stress is consistently placed on an area of the body. The body is harmed by doing the same action over and over again, for days, weeks, months, or years – particularly when that movement is not performed properly or in the safest and most comfortable way for your body. The repetition focused on a specific area of the body can result in inflammation and muscle, tissue, tendon, ligament, and nerve damage. These injuries may need rest and anti-inflammatory medications or more serious treatments like surgery to correct.
Causes of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries occur because of moving a certain way frequently and from external forces exerted on your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. They commonly happen because of awkward positioning and actions, like having poor posture at work or being required to lift and move objects in an awkward way. Vibrations and compression, which are common in industries that use a great deal of heavy machinery, tools, and other equipment like construction, also cause these injuries. However, many repetitive stress injuries result from typing and using computers for long hours each day. Employees in relatively calm and sedentary positions are just as likely to develop repetitive stress injuries as employees in more physically demanding fields like oil and gas production.
Common Types of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries often impact the upper body and limbs, including the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and neck. However, they can affect the back and lower limbs depending on the circumstances.
Some common repetitive stress injuries include:
- Tendinosis or tendinitis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Golfer or tennis elbow
- Trigger finger
- Focal dystonia
- DeQuervain’s syndrome, also known as Blackberry thumb
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Knee injuries
Since repetitive stress injuries develop slowly overtime, it can be difficult for you to tell when you are hurt. It is best for you to see a doctor as soon as you notice the symptoms consistently. These injuries can result in discomfort, pain, weakness, tingling, muscle cramps, and other symptoms. If you are dealing with an aching, throbbing, or sharp pain that will not go away, it is a sign something is wrong. Additionally, if the affected area of your body is becoming weaker or losing mobility or flexibility, see your physician right away. The sooner you have a diagnosis, the better able you are to keep the condition from getting worse.
In order to prove that you have one of these repetitive stress injuries, you must provide significant medical evidence. We can help you obtain the right evidence and achieve a successful case outcome. Call certified workers’ compensation attorneys Adrienne Hines and Victor Kademenos at Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA today at (419) 625-7770.
Workers’ Compensation for Repetitive Stress Injuries
Once you have been diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury connected to your work, you should notify your employer and file a workers’ compensation claim. Ohio’s workers’ compensation insurance system covers:
- Injuries caused by workplace accidents
- Illnesses caused by your job
- Medical conditions resulting from repetitive motions at work
So long as you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance and your condition was caused by your work duties, it should be covered by workers’ comp. You will be entitled to have the appropriate and reasonable medical expenses related to the condition paid. Depending on whether you are partially or fully disabled, for a period of time or permanently, you may also have a right to some income benefits.
Our Certified Ohio Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Help
Once you file a workers’ compensation claim, you will have to prove certain elements to obtain benefits, including:
- You suffer from a repetitive stress injury
- The repetitive stress injury is a result of your work duties
Proving that you are suffering from a medical condition due to your job can be more difficult than if you were suddenly hurt in an unexpected accident. With an accident, there are usually witnesses, a managerial accident report, and emergency medical care. All of this provides you with evidence that your injury occurred in the course of your employment. Conversely, a repetitive stress injury develops slowly over time. There is no one moment in which you go from being perfectly healthy to hurt. Additionally, while you may be feeling the symptoms, they may be entirely invisible or unnoticeable to others at work. To prove your injury arose of out of your employment, you may need the help of an experienced Ohio workers’ compensation lawyer.
At Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA, we have decades of experience helping employees obtain workman’s compensation for work-related medical conditions. We understand how repetitive stress injuries arise and how they can greatly affect your life, making it difficult to keep up at work and home. We are here to protect your rights and help you obtain:
- Medical benefits
- Wage loss benefits
- Rehabilitation benefits
- Disability benefits