A violent accident at work can have immediately obvious consequences. However, not all work injuries occur as a result of traumatic events. Work injuries can also occur gradually. Unlike a traumatic injury, a repetitive stress injury does not have immediate consequences. However, repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel and back injuries eventually undermine your ability to work and make you eligible for disability and workers’ compensation benefits.
These occupational, or non-traumatic injuries, are very common but often go unclaimed by employees who do not believe they can collect compensation for these injuries. This is not the case. Our team can help. The repetitive stress injury lawyers at Murphy Law Firm in Great Falls, MT, can investigate the circumstances of your injury to help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury, call our firm at (406) 452-2345 or request your free case review online.
Common Causes of Repetitive Stress Injuries
As the name suggests, repetitive stress injuries are caused by repeating the same motion at your job over and over again for an extended period of time. While the motion is harmless when done occasionally, repeating the activity often places stress on particular body parts. Some of the most common repetitive stress injuries are caused by:
- Heavy typing or computer use
- Sitting at a desk all day
- Stocking store shelves
- Lifting heavy boxes as a delivery carrier or warehouse worker
- Assembly line work in a factory
- Frequently climbing ladders or stairs
- Driving a forklift or operating heavy equipment on a construction site
Even work environments that seem fairly safe can be breeding grounds for repetitive stress injuries.
Types of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries present themselves in many forms, including:
- Wrist and hand injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Permanent back injuries
- Shoulder or joint damage
- Knee damage
- Leg pain
- Hip damage
- Spine trauma
- Disc injuries
One of the reasons why repetitive trauma injuries are so serious is because the symptoms often go unnoticed until the injury becomes very severe. If you begin to feel numbness or tingling in a particular area, these symptoms may indicate an injury.
Although they are not traumatic, repetitive stress injuries are very serious and need to be reported to your employer.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Because of the nature of repetitive stress injuries, you need a skilled lawyer who can help you prove that your injury was caused by work. A lawyer can help you:
- File an injury report: Because filing a correct report that includes a specific, accurate injury date is difficult when it comes to repetitive trauma injuries, you need a lawyer who can guide you through the process.
- Determine your eligibility: A lawyer can investigate your case and help you compile evidence that makes you eligible for a workers’ compensation claim.
- Get medical care: Although your employer is required to pair you with a treating physician, we can help you get the medical treatment you deserve if you are unhappy with the level of care you are receiving.
A lawyer can also help ensure that you are receiving the full workers’ compensation benefits you need to cover your medical care, medication, and any splints or slings you need to wear in order to manage your pain. If you suffer a permanent disability, a lawyer can also help you determine your eligibility for temporary total disability (TTD) benefits or permanent total disability (PTD) benefits.
If your claim is denied altogether, a lawyer can represent you when you file the appropriate petitions to get the compensation you deserve.
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Do Not Let These Injuries Go Untreated
Although they are not traumatic, repetitive stress injuries are very serious and need to be reported to your employer. Leaving these injuries unreported can affect your eligibility to receive benefits in the future. To speak to a lawyer about your case, book your initial case review online or call us at (406) 452-2345.