Every year, millions of people suffer from job-related injuries. A great number of these injuries develop as the result of a sudden accident or a singular traumatic event, such as a fall, an explosion, or a machinery accident. However, the majority of work-related injuries develop gradually, as a result of repetitive movements. These types of injuries, known as repetitive stress injuries, may qualify for benefits under workers’ compensation insurance. Worker’s comp insurance reimburses employees for losses related to injuries suffered while on the job. Unfortunately, insurance companies do not always accept worker’s comp claims. It may also be difficult to prove a repetitive stress injury because it is not directly related to an isolated event. Fortunately, the lawyers at Spencer Law Firm have a great deal of experience working with repetitive stress injuries and workers comp claims in the San Antonio, TX-area. Their expertise can be a benefit to anyone seeking compensation for damages related to a repetitive stress injury.
Who is At Risk for a Repetitive Stress Injury?
Virtually any employee is vulnerable to a repetitive stress injury. The work being performed does not need to be difficult or especially challenging for a repetitive stress injury to develop. If a particular movement or motion is repeated frequently for an extended length of time, the muscles used to perform that motion can become strained and damaged. Some of the most common types of repetitive stress injuries are related to computer work. Spending hours a day typing and working on the computer can put stress on the muscles and tendons in the hands, wrists, and arms. Conditions related to computer work include carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis (inflammation of the joints), and tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons).
Workers who perform physical labor are also at risk of developing a repetitive stress injury. Actions such as bending, lifting, twisting, and even standing for multiple hours at a time can be very wearing on the body. Types of repetitive stress injuries that may be experienced by physical laborers include bursitis, epicondylitis (also referred to as tennis elbow), and tendonitis.
What to Do When a Repetitive Stress Injury Develops
Because repetitive stress injuries develop gradually and worsen over time, many people are not immediately aware that their body has been damaged. As symptoms develop, they may be experienced periodically and can vary from mild to severe. If a worker suspects they are suffering from a repetitive stress injury, they should keep a journal detailing what symptoms they experience, and when those symptoms materialize. This can be helpful when it comes to diagnosing the injury. It is also important to report symptoms to an employer so that a worker’s comp claim can be filed and medical treatment can be sought as soon as possible. Our lawyers are happy to assist workers in filing a worker’s comp claim, and throughout any proceedings that may follow. We will fight to ensure that our clients receive the full extent of the benefits they are due for such injuries, including compensation for medical treatment and lost wages.
If you suspect that you have developed a repetitive stress injury related to your job duties, you should file a worker’s comp claim as soon as possible. If you have questions about this process or are looking for legal representation to ensure that your rights are protected, the attorneys at Spencer Law Firm can help. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case. We look forward to hearing from you.