Can I Be Compensated For Repetitive Stress Injuries?
All Workplace Injuries Are Serious Injuries
Most people don’t think of carpal tunnel and lower back injuries as “serious” injuries. Usually head trauma, paralysis and related injuries are considered more serious than repetitive stress injuries.
Any injury that prevents you from working is a serious injury because it could keep you from earning the income you need to provide for yourself and your family.
At Gillick, Wicht, Gillick & Graf, we can help. Our lawyers represent clients in all aspects of their worker’s compensation claims. From our Milwaukee home office, we have been handling worker’s comp claims since 1948. With office hours throughout Wisconsin, we provide exceptional service and dedicated litigation for workers who have suffered repetitive stress injuries.
Types Of Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Back problems: Many jobs involve heavy lifting, frequent stretching and strain on the back or remaining in the same uncomfortable position for long periods of time. This often results in serious and debilitating back injuries. Even jobs that involve relatively light lifting can lead to serious back problems. If you are lifting a mere 20 pounds at a rate of three times per minute, that amounts to 144,000 pounds a week and 7,200,000 pounds per year, an extraordinary toll on the human body. Nurses, Certified Nurses Aids and others in the medical profession are often called upon to lift people twice their size with some frequency. As a result, medical professionals are often afflicted with serious back problems.
- Neck problems: Office jobs that involve sitting at a desk in front of a computer for long periods of time are the most common jobs that cause neck problems. Other frequent causes of neck problems involve falls from heights as in construction accidents and frequent excessive vibration, as one would experience operating a jack hammer or similar equipment.
- Knee and shoulder problems: Knee and shoulder replacements are common today, often resulting from frequent ladder climbing, jobs requiring a lot of bending and stretching and staying in awkward positions for extended times. Construction work, factory work, truck driving and related occupations frequently lead to knee and shoulder problems.
These are just a few of the types of injuries people suffer from repetitive motions. Many people worry that their injuries might not have been caused exclusively from their work, so they neglect to file a claim. It is important to know that your job does not need to be the only factor causing your injuries. It only needs to be one contributing factor for you to be eligible for compensation.
Many repetitive stress injury cases occur later in workers’ careers. Often, a worker will be perfectly healthy, then late in their career or after retirement they realize they are facing degenerative joint injuries or other serious complications. We can help you through the challenge of establishing the severity of your injuries and connecting them with your work so you can obtain the compensation you need.
You have a claim if you suffered a loss because of a job-related injury. This means that, to get worker’s compensation, you have to show three things:
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