Variety may be the spice of life, but just about every job involves some degree of repetition. Whether individuals perform one part of a manufacturing process or write key reports, proposals or correspondence on a computer for eight hours every day, their activities can put stress on the same part of their bodies. The resulting injuries can be serious — and they typically qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) do not typically occur as the result of accidents; however, they are conditions that often directly relate to on-the-job activities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports them as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which accounted for an alarming 33 percent of all injury and illness cases in 2013. All too often, injured workers need help from our Tuscaloosa workers’ compensation attorneys due to the challenges of substantiating their claims.
Common Types of RSIs
Anyone who has hammered one too many nails has probably experienced soreness to the wrists and hands. This type of pain generally goes away within a few days; however, injuries like these can become permanent and debilitating for individuals who hammer nails every day. The following parts of the body commonly sustain RSIs that qualify for workers’ compensation claims:
Why Many Repetitive Stress Claims are Denied
Naturally, there are a number of reasons why workers’ compensation claims may be denied. However, our Tuscaloosa workers’ compensation lawyers are often called on to assist claimants with repetitive stress claims simply because these injuries are not caused by on-the-job accidents.
Even though workers’ compensation supports claims for workplace-related conditions and illnesses, an accident does not mark the onset. Thus, the source of these conditions is not always readily-identifiable. Without a known workplace accident, employers and their insurance companies can claim that employees sustained their conditions outside of the workplace. Since an experienced attorney knows the type of evidence needed to substantiate these claims, workers should not hesitate to seek the legal support necessary to pursue the compensation they need and deserve.
NINDS Repetitive Motion Disorders Information Page, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Repetitive Motion Injuries, eMedicineHealth
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Posted By: Chuck Kelley