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Are repetitive stress injuries grounds for workers’ compensation?

| Dec 2, 2016 | Workers' Compensation |

Work injuries are not always the result of an accident or major incident. Some work-related injuries and ailments are the result of repetitive use or continued stress, yet many workers do not realize that they could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

If diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury due to your job, do not assume that this is the price you must pay for having a job. Instead, you could be eligible for financial support through workers’ compensation benefits. Repetitive stress injuries are valid grounds for a claim, and a lawyer can help you secure the benefits you deserve.

Types of repetitive stress injuries and your rightful benefits

Repetitive stress injuries are caused by repetition of the same motion over an extended amount of time. Tasks that could lead to these types of injuries include typing, lifting and sewing. Specific types of repetitive stress injuries include the following:

  • Carpal tunnel
  • Labrum injuries
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Ligament or tendon damage or tearing

The lack of a traumatic injury does not diminish the potential impact that these types of injuries can have. The pain of a repetitive stress injury can be quite significant, and treatment is costly. With workers’ compensation benefits, you can manage the following financial needs:

  • Medical care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Vocational retraining
  • Lost wages from missed work

The workers’ compensation claims process is complex, and it can be difficult to secure the benefits you need and deserve. By working with an experienced lawyer, you have a greater chance of a successful claim or appeal. It is important to seek this assistance as soon as possible after your diagnosis or onset of repetitive stress symptoms.

You need an experienced legal ally

The intent of workers’ compensation is to support injured Kentucky workers, but you may find that your employer delays your claim or insurance denies that there are valid grounds for benefits. From the very beginning of the claims process, you need an advocate to represent your interests and fight for the recovery you deserve.

Your repetitive stress injuries may be valid grounds for a workers’ compensation claim, but your lawyer can ensure that you complete the necessary paperwork and documentation. From gathering the pertinent medical evidence to filing any necessary appeals, you do not have to face the process alone.