Repetitive Stress Injuries at Work
When people think of workplace injuries, they often think of sudden and catastrophic incidents like a fall, a machinery accident, or a fire. However, other work-related injuries like those involving repetitive stress or motion are much more common and have a significant impact on the lives of employees across Pennsylvania.
If you are suffering from a work-related repetitive stress injury, Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., wants to help you seek the benefits you deserve. Our workers’ compensation attorneys have been fighting for decades for the rights of hardworking professionals like yourself. We’ve recovered over $221 million for injured workers.
As our case results and positive reviews from past clients show, we are committed to doing all we can to help Pennsylvania workers get the benefits they deserve. Our compassionate legal team is here to answer all your questions about your case and help you get on the road to recovery. We won’t even charge you unless we help you recover the money you’re owed.
Don’t wait to stand up for your legal rights. If you’re suffering from a work-related repetitive stress injury, call Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., today and get on the road to recovery. To schedule a free consultation with our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers, call us or contact us online.
Workers’ Compensation for Repetitive Stress Injuries Pennsylvania
When your job causes a repetitive stress injury, it can affect many different aspects of your life, and it often takes time and rest for these injuries to heal.
Workers’ comp is designed to cover things like costs for the medical procedures needed to treat your injuries. This compensation is also meant to help cover the wages you’ll lose if your injury permanently prevents you from doing your job or if you need to take some time off to recover from your injuries.
How a Lawyer Can Help With Your Claim
Many repetitive stress injuries develop over time, so it can be difficult to get fair compensation if you try to pursue a claim on your own. Your employer or their insurance company might try to claim that your job didn’t cause your injury, that your injury isn’t bad, or that you should be able to continue working despite your injury.
Our skilled workers’ comp lawyer can help you fight for the benefits you are owed so you can focus on healing from your injuries and moving on with your life. We can help fill out your initial workers’ comp claim to help ensure it is as thorough and convincing as possible.
Additionally, your attorney can help you gather the range of evidence you need to support your claim. For example, this might involve collecting medical documents and expert testimony that shows the symptoms of your injuries like loss of mobility, pain, or numbness and proves that your work activities caused your injuries.
Despite the evidence you provide, the insurance company might still try to deny your claim, downgrade your disability rating, or get you to accept a low offer. Our experienced workers’ comp attorneys know the tricks that insurance companies use to avoid paying workers the money they’re owed, and we can negotiate with insurance on your behalf to get a fair settlement. If your claim is denied, we can handle all the details to help you file an appeal, and we can represent you in court if needed.
Types of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Any type of worker could be at risk of a repetitive stress injury. These injuries develop when a person has to do a particular movement over and over, work in an awkward position, or perform a high-intensity activity for long periods without rest.
Some of the most common types of repetitive stress injuries include:
- Back injuries from activities like having to repeatedly lift heavy objects, carry large items, or stand or hunch over for extended periods
- Neck injuries, including stiffness and soreness from things like sitting all day in a non-ergonomic chair or constantly having to crouch in a tight work area for a long time
- Carpal tunnel syndrome from activities that exert pressure on nerves in the wrist like sitting at a computer, sewing, typing on a keyboard, playing a musical instrument, and moving a computer mouse
- Tendinitis from repetitive movements, such as with hand tools or on a production line, which cause pain and can lead to loss of grip strength
- Stress fractures can happen when a task like handling a jackhammer puts repeated and direct pressure on a certain spot that eventually causes a fracture
- Shoulder injuries, such as bursitis that involves inflammation near a shoulder joint when it performs a repetitive action
Treatment for Repetitive Stress Injuries
The treatment for repetitive stress injuries depends on the type of injury and what activity caused it. A medical professional can help identify the root cause of your injury and can recommend ways to make it better. They might recommend you apply ice to the affected area or take a medication like ibuprofen or a steroid to relieve pain and help reduce inflammation.
Additionally, they might suggest that you go to physical therapy or wear a brace or splint to help your injury heal. If these treatments don’t work, they might suggest more drastic measures like surgery to prevent further damage or total loss of function.
In some cases, a doctor might recommend that you take a break from whatever caused your injury or that you stop doing the activity altogether. This can be devastating if the activity is a central duty of your job. However, workers’ compensation can help ease the financial impact, so you can take the steps that you need to recover from your injuries.
Talk to a Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Attorney Now
Contact the workers’ comp attorneys at Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., today and fight for the benefits you’re owed after a workplace repetitive stress injury. Call us today or reach us online to schedule your free consultation and see how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.