Can I sue for a Repetitive Stress Injury?
When you perform an action at work for a long period of time, you run a greater risk of developing a repetitive stress injury. Repetitive stress injuries are serious injuries due to the fact that they affect your ability to work, as well as the ability to do non-work-related tasks. If you’re suffering from a RSI, you may be wondering what options you have to seek a full recovery, both physical and financial.
In this FAQ, we’re going to cover what options you have when you’re suffering from a repetitive stress injury. Most states cover repetitive stress injuries and have steps you can take during your workers’ compensation claim to make sure you get the recovery you need. If you have any questions about repetitive stress injuries, or if you would like to speak to an attorney about your claim, call or contact our Personal Injury Lawyers in St. Louis now at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222.
Can you sue for a repetitive stress injury?
Repetitive Stress Injuries are work-related injuries that develop over time from the continual performance of movements, postures, lifts or other acts. Basically, the tasks that are required to do your job. If the task you have to do to keep your job injures you, then you’re entitled to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. It’s that simple.
Your next question be, who is more likely to develop a repetitive stress injury? Well, this is going to depend on your job. People that work with power equipment such as jackhammers or power tools are more likely to develop repetitive stress injuries due to the use of those tools and the stress it places on the body and joints. Also, people that spend a lot of time behind a computer are at a higher risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome because of the constant use of their hands to type.
RSI are also known as overuse injuries, which may be more commonly know. Overuse injuries are typical for most manual labor positions, which can include restaurant servers carrying heavy trays, clerks at a checkout line perform scanning duties, or any profession which requires the lifting and moving of heavy items or equipment.
So now that we have a basic understanding of what types of professions can lead to RSI’s, how do you start the process of getting the medical care you need to correct the injury? Here is a series of steps you should take to make sure you get the care you need:
- See a Doctor: A doctor is going to be able to tell you how injured you are, and what steps you need to take to correct the injury. They will also be able to give you certification that you are indeed injured, and that your job is the cause of the injury.
- Notify Your Employer: Tell them that you’ve been injured, and that the job was the cause of the injury. Also, state that you want to start the worker’s compensation process to make sure that you get the care you need and deserve. If they aren’t cooperative with your needs, follow the next step listed.
- Call A Lawyer: You have rights under the law, and if your employer won’t cooperate with you, an attorney can make sure that you get the care you need and deserve. Burger Law takes on Workers’ Compensation claims all the time, and we fight hard to make sure our clients get 100% of what they need.
If you would rather speak directly with our team about your case, please don’t hesitate to call us at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222. We’ve taken on workers’ compensation claims before and we know how to make sure that you get 100% of the care and financial recovery you are owed. Remember, you didn’t ask to be injured and you shouldn’t have to beg to get the care you deserve. You can get a recovery for your injuries and the liable party can be held liable for their actions.