Repetitive Stress Injury
Unlike the typical workers’ compensation case, there is no one accident or event that causes a repetitive stress injury—it is a task such as typing, loading supplies on a shelf, or lifting boxes from the floor that is repeated again and again. Our workers’ compensation lawyers help employees recover the benefits they deserve from repetitive stress injuries (also known as repetitive strain injuries) such as carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder impingement syndrome, or degenerative disc disease.Repetitive Stress Injuries Common in the Workplace
A repetitive stress injury (RSI) occurs over time as the result of repetitive, forceful, or awkward body movements. RSI usually occurs in a wrist, hand, shoulder, elbow, back, knee, or ankle. Symptoms include pain, swelling, inflammation, numbness, tingling, stiffness, and loss of movement. The repetitive motion may involve lifting of heavy loads, repeated pressure against a sharp surface, or an awkward posture held for long periods of time. Temporary and long-term damage can result in muscles, tendons, and nerves of the neck, shoulder, forearms, hands, legs, and back. Additionally the injured person may have difficulty in grasping objects. Common repetitive stress conditions include the following:
- Tendonitis (Whether it is from clerical work, typing, or running a jackhammer)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- De Quervain’s Disease
- Bursitis and rotator cuff impingement syndrome
- Epicondylitis (Trigger Finger)
- Chronic Back Pain, lower back strain
- Ganglion Cysts
- Herniated Disc
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome
- A mental disability or psychiatric problem resulting from daily stress (such as that experienced by a policeman)
Many workers are exposed over time to dangerous levels of toxic chemicals. A current or former employee suffering from cancer caused by toxic exposure, including lung, stomach, colon, and throat cancer, leukemia, and mesothelioma is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. A firefighter is exposed to carbon monoxide, workers in food manufacturing facilities are exposed to flour dust and particles of oils, a railroad employee is exposed to asbestos in the train’s brakes, and an office worker may be exposed to mold and other carcinogens in a faulty ventilation system. Our attorneys will help you with your claim for medical benefits, income benefits, permanent disability, or, if you have lost a spouse or parent, survivor’s death benefits for toxic exposure.Contact a Lawyer About Your Repetitive Stress Injury
At the Law Office of John F. Marshall, our workers’ compensation attorneys and staff are committed to providing clients with responsive and effective legal services. If you are suffering from a repetitive stress injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome or back strain, it is important to have a lawyer review your claim in order to see that you are being treated fairly. Please call (800) 999-0897 or e-mail our office to arrange a free consultation.
Do you have a claim against a person other than your employer for an employment-related injury? See Third Party Claims.
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