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How Do I Claim Workers’ Compensation for a Repetitive Stress Injury?

September 30th, 2020 at 6:24 pm

IL job injury lawyer, IL workers comp attorneySome work-related injuries happen in an instant and change your life immediately, but a significant number only become noticeable over time. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 1.8 million employees each year suffer from a repetitive stress injury related to their work, with carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and lower back and neck injuries being some of the most common. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for your repetitive stress injury, but these cases can be especially challenging, and working with a skilled attorney may be your best chance of obtaining relief.

Initiating a Repetitive Stress Injury Claim in Illinois

If you begin to experience persistent pain that affects your day-to-day life and ability to work to your usual standards, you should consider seeking the opinion of a doctor who can diagnose the nature and severity of your injury. Typically, you are required to notify your employer within 45 days of an injury’s occurrence, but with a repetitive stress injury, the date of the occurrence may not be easy to pin down. Your best option to ensure eligibility for compensation is to notify your employer as soon as you have an understanding of the injury and whether it may be work-related.

It is important to keep a record of all medical treatment you receive for your injury, not only to file a workers’ compensation claim in the first place, but also in case the insurance company denies your claim and you have to take legal action to pursue the compensation to which you are entitled. This is not uncommon for repetitive stress injuries, as their slowly progressing nature can make it challenging to prove their cause. If you are having trouble with the insurance company, an attorney can help you gather the evidence you need, including the testimony of medical experts, to establish that your injury is, in fact, work-related.

If your claim is approved, you will likely receive compensation for any medical expenses related to the treatment of your injury, including surgery, medication, and rehabilitation. You may also receive compensation for lost wages from any time you are unable to work at your full capacity due to the injury.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Dealing with insurance companies can be difficult, but you do not have to let that stop you from getting the compensation you need. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio will work with you throughout your workers’ compensation claim to help you achieve a fair resolution. Contact a Cook County workers’ compensation lawyer today at 630-574-2288 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2430&ChapterID=68

https://consumer.healthday.com/encyclopedia/pain-management-30/pain-health-news-520/repetitive-stress-injury-rsi-646236.html

Common Types of Work-Related Repetitive Strain Injuries

February 6th, 2019 at 12:57 pm

Illinois workers' compensation attorney carpal tunnelWorkers’ compensation is often associated with life-threatening injuries or deaths that occur due to a condition or circumstance at work. However, an internal injury caused by repetitive movements, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis, can also be covered by workers’ comp. These types of injuries can be more difficult to prove, and nearly half of the claims paid out in these cases were initially denied.

Repetitive strain injuries develop over time. General symptoms of repetitive strain include pain, numbness, tingling, decreased motion or flexibility, and loss of strength. Symptoms for repetitive stress injuries will often not appear right away, and they may develop in stages.

Injuries From Repetitive Motion

Any injury can affect your work or lifestyle. If you work in an industry such as delivery services, manufacturing, or home improvement which requires you to make repetitive motions, it is important to be aware of medical issues that would qualify for workers’ compensation. Some common types of repetitive strain injuries include:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – This repetitive injury affects more than three million people in the United States each year. It is most common for office workers or people who regularly use a computer for a living. Repetitive typing and clicking a mouse creates strain on the median nerve which controls hand and finger function. The carpal bones can swell and cause the strain on the wrist and fingers. Untreated carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent damage to your hand.
  • Tendonitis – Unlike carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis is not restricted to one part of the body. It is the inflammation of any tendon which connects muscle to bone. The most common points of irritation for tendonitis fall in the wrists, shoulders, knees, heels, or elbows. When untreated, tendonitis can lead to the rupturing of an injured tendon that could have otherwise been healed by rest and physical therapy. Tendonitis causes pain and swelling to the affected area, specifically around joints.
  • Tenosynovitis – While Tendonitis affects a physical tendon, tenosynovitis affects the fluid sheath that keeps the tendon lubricated. This is a painful condition that typically affects joints in the hands and feet. Although temporary solutions like icing the affected joints and taking an anti-inflammatory medication may help, surgery or physical therapy is often needed to fully heal.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Comp Attorney

Injuries which occur during the course of your work should not be ignored. If you believe you have a repetitive strain injury, contact a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer who has experience helping injured workers receive the benefits they deserve. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tendinitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20378243

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20355603

Tendinitis and Bursitis: Repetitive Motion Injuries on the Job

May 20th, 2016 at 10:40 am

repetitive motion, Illinois workers compensation lawyerMost injuries at the workplace are not life-threatening. In fact, many are not even considered traumatic. Hundreds of thousands of workers are slowly developing long lasting injuries every day, bit by bit with repetitive motions and overuse of certain joints and muscles. Repetitive motion injuries (also called repetitive strain injuries) are one of the leading types of injuries in the workplace, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If repetitive motion injuries were eradicated completely, U.S. companies would be able to save $20 billion per year in workers’ compensation alone, let alone lost productivity and worker turnover rate. Depending on the type of employment, some workers are unable to perform a certain task or job for more than several years. $100 billion is lost due to worker turnover and lost productivity caused by repetitive motion injuries every year. If you have sustained a repetitive stress injury at your job, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney today to learn your legal options.

What Exactly Are Repetitive Motion or Repetitive Strain Injuries?

Even daily life and work can produce debilitating injuries when the same motion is performed (often incorrectly) day after day. By lifting moderate to heavy objects with poor posture or by twisting the arm in a particular fashion hundreds of times per shift, workers can develop musculoskeletal issues that may one day bring their world to a crashing halt in medical bills, frustration, and immense pain. In many cases, the injury may never fully dissipate. Common forms of repetitive motion injuries, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, include bulging discs, epicondylitis, trigger finger, tendinitis, ganglion cyst, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, and tenosynovitis. Two of the most common forms are tendinitis and bursitis:

  • Tendinitis - Tendons attach muscle to bone and are white fibrous tissues that are inflexible compared with other tissues such as muscle. While incredibly strong, they are prone to injury when twisted or pulled, or with chronic overuse. Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon (usually at the insertion of the tendon at the bone), which can be incredibly painful. When the sheath of a tendon becomes inflamed, it is called tenosynovitis, according to WebMD. Wrist tenosynovitis may actually cause the compression involved with carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Bursitis - Bursae (of which there are a total of 150 in the body) are small sacs located around the body used to provide cushioning and lubrication between bones and tendons. When these sacs are overused, they become incredibly painful. Victims of bursitis often have a loss of range of motion in addition to the pain and tenderness.

Recovering From a Repetitive Motion Injury

Upon seeking medical attention, victims of repetitive motion injuries will learn that the first step to recovery is rest. Taking time off work–the cause of the injury in the first place–is a necessity for many workers. In addition to rest, a doctor may prescribe pain medication, ice, heat therapy, and massage. Surgery can help fix the problem relatively quickly and physical therapy can help prevent future injuries. Recovery is timely and expensive, which is why it is imperative that you contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney with the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today at 630-574-2288.

 

Sources:

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/repetitive_motion/repetitive_motion.htm

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/repetitive-motion-injuries

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