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Workers’ Comp for Repetitive Stress Injuries

December 23rd, 2016 at 10:02 pm

Illinois workers comp lawyer, Illinois workers compensation attorneyUnder Illinois law, employees can receive worker’s comp  for a number of reasons if injured at work. One of those reasons being if they have developed a work-related injury due to repetitive stress while performing occupational duties. Some examples of stress-related work injuries include lifting heavy material, bending over to lift items, carrying too much or heavy items, typing for long periods of time, and even using power tools. All of these duties may lead to serious injuries if done frequently at work.

Sometimes stress-related injuries can be difficult to prove when presented in court or when speaking to an employer because an employee may say that the pain is due to a natural development. However, that does not limit them from being entitled to workers’ compensation. Stress-related claims may have a higher standard of proof due to the nature of the claim being sometimes more psychological than it is physical.

Workers’ compensation covers repetitive strain injuries which some people may not be aware is a job-related injury because it is not as obvious as any physical damage and is caused by direct trauma, in Illinois. It is also important to keep in mind that workers comp can be used if an employee has a pre-existing injury that has been aggravated by the repeated depends on the employee’s daily work tasks as well.

There are different levels of stress that one can suffer from because it is a natural reaction that someone can experience from being in situations that cause heightened levels of anxiety. Being stressed or a certain length of time can eventually lead to emotional breakdowns. Sometimes stress can result in permanent brain damage as well which also might be categorized under the workers comp laws in Illinois.

Speak with a lawyer who understands Illinois workers’ compensation law.

If an employee has suffered from the following as a result of a stress-related injury, it would be beneficial to seek legal help promptly:

  • De Quervain’s syndrome
  • Low back and neck injuries
  • Cubital tunnel
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis

If you have been injured at work due to a stress-related incident and have questions or concerns regarding your workers’ compensation rights do not worry because you do not have to go through this difficult time on your own. Contact the experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today and call 630-574-2288 to obtain the full extent of benefits you deserve.

 

Source:

http://www.americanbar.org/publications/gpsolo_ereport/2013/july_2013/stressed_at_work_might_have_workers_compensation_claim.html

Teens More Likely to be Injured on the Job

September 17th, 2014 at 11:39 am

 

Teen Worker InjuryAccording to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), young workers are at the highest risk of any age group to be injured or killed on the job. Workers who are under 25 years old face more than double the risk of older workers of being injured. The majority of young workers are unaware of the legal workplace rights they have.

The DOL statistics reveal that in 2012, more than 170,000 of younger workers were injured on the job and another 361 were killed. That means that a teenager is hurt on the job every nine minutes in this country.

The OSH Act of 1970 requires every employer provide workers with a safe work environment, without dangerous recognized hazards. Working teens are also covered under this law and have the same right to a safe workplace as working adults. In many incidents where teens have been hurt on the job, there was a lack of training and education on the part of the employer that contributed to the incident.

Some of the most common injuries teens receive in the workplace are caused by inadequate safety training, lack of proper supervision, unsafe equipment, dangerous work that is inappropriate and illegal for teen workers, stressful conditions and pressure to perform their work at a faster pace.

The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) has developed a work safety program directed specifically at young workers called Teens Lead @ Work. The program focuses on peer-to peer training by teaching teens to develop the skills to teach other teens about healthy and safe workplaces. The teens are also taught about child labor laws and encouraged to reach out to all teen workers, including those who are the most vulnerable, such as undocumented and illegal teen workers.

If you or someone in your family has been injured on the job, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney to find out what civil recourse you may have for compensation for pain and loss you have suffered.

Repetitive Stress Injuries: Types & Causes

March 31st, 2014 at 7:00 am

Bursitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cook County repetitive strain injury lawyer, Diffuse RSIX Dupuytren’s Contracture, injured at work, Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, repetitive stress injury, stress injuries, work related injury, workers compensation, workers compensation attorneyInjuries can be caused by a single incident like a car crash or falling on slippery ice, or they can be caused by repeatedly straining a joint, muscle, or tendon until serious damage is done. Sometimes this repetition is done at work while trying to complete an activity necessary to complete one’s job. If you suffer a stress injury at work, you can file for worker’s compensation benefits for your pain and any time that you must take off of work.

The Medical News Today website defines repetitive stress injuries as those caused by performing the same motion over and over again.

  • Bursitis occurrs when the bursa, or the cushion between tendons, muscles, bones, and joints, is inflamed. Pain is then felt at site of inflammation;
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is when the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist area is compressed, and thus does not allow blood to flow freely to the fingers and hands. This results in pain and numbness, felt in the fingers and hands;
  • Diffuse RSI is when nothing is physically found to be wrong, yet the patient complains of pain;
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture, an uncommon hand deformity, occurs when connective tissue, located under the skin of the palm, contracts and toughens over time. It causes one or multiple fingers to bend into the palm of the hand;
  • Epicondylitis is when bone and tendon join together as a result of overuse of the muscles and tendons;
  • Ganglion occurs when fluid-filled swellings form on tops of joints or tendons in wrists, hands, and feet that appear to be firm or spongy liquid sacs, filled with “sticky, clear, thick, jelly-like fluid”;
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome occurs when shoulder tendons and muscles become inflamed;
  • Tendonitis is when tendons becomes inflamed;
  • Tenosynovitis occurs when the inner lining of the sheath surrounding the tendon becomes inflamed;
  • Trigger finger is when a finger or thumb becomes stuck in a bent position, and the tendon sheath, along with the tendon, both becomes inflamed as well.

If you have suffered from one or more of these injuries and you believe it is due to repetitive strenuous tasks at work, contact a workers’ compensation attorney. Located in Cook County, Ill., attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio can assist you in court today.

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