Repetitive Strain Injuries and Workers’ Compensation: You May Have a Claim

You consider yourself a hardworking individual. Every day for years, you have shown up to your job on time and put in a solid day’s work. You put safety first, and even though you would not classify your job as dangerous, you are proud that you have never had an on-the-job accident or injury.

One day, though, you notice that your elbow is a bit sore. You assume that you may have slept on it strangely or twisted it a bit and pay it no mind. Over the next few weeks, however, your elbow has not gotten better—in fact, it has become more painful, and you notice that it is bothering you mostly at work. You assume that there is nothing that can be done, and you go to your doctor, paying for your treatment with your own insurance and using your accrued vacation and sick days.

Repetitive Strain Injuries Can Be Cause for a Workers’ Compensation Claim

The hypothetical scenario above is all too common, which is unfortunate. Many people assume that because their injury is not the result of one specific accident or incident at work, they are ineligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. This is simply untrue. Repetitive strain injuries are very common in every kind of workplace, and are often linked to repetitive movements that a person must perform day in, day out that can cause wear and tear on muscles, tendons, and joints, including:

  • Wrists
  • Fingers
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders
  • Neck and back

While carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the best-known repetitive strain injuries in the workplace, everyone from construction workers to nurses experience these injuries. The human body simply is not made to withstand the stress of repetitive motion over the long term, and employers should be taking precautions to prevent these injuries if possible.

A workers’ compensation claim does not require a dramatic fall or horrific accident in order to be valid—if you have been injured while performing the duties of your job, you can be compensated. Talk to Augusta workers’ compensation attorney Chris Hudson today to learn more—just call or fill out the online contact form to be connected today.