When it comes to workplace injuries, many people think about things such as: broken bones, back injuries, concussions and torn ligaments. While all of these injuries are serious and can result in a workers’ compensation claim, there are others that you may be overlooking.
Repetitive motion injuries are more common than many people believe. As the name implies, these occur when you put strain on the same bones, tendons and/or muscles, day in and day out. Some of the most common types of repetitive motion injuries include tendonitis, carpal tunnel and bursitis.
Your approach to workers’ compensation
If you are suffering from a repetitive motion injury, it’s time to do a few things:
— Seek medical attention the second that you realize you are suffering from a problem. This is the best way to better understand your injury and treatment options.
— Follow the advice of your medical team down to every last detail. Your goal is simple: to heal your injury so you can return to your normal life.
— Report your injury to your employer. It’s imperative that you share your injury with your employer, letting them know your diagnosis and the treatment plan suggested by your medical team.
— Make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. You don’t want to delay in taking this step, as you’ll want to receive money as you recover from your injury.
The only issue with receiving workers’ compensation for repetitive motion injuries is proving that the injury is a result of your employment. Fortunately, with the right professionals on your side, such as an attorney and doctor, you can strengthen your case.
If you have a repetitive motion injury and realize that you will be unable to work, don’t wait to take action. The sooner you move forward the easier it is to receive compensation.
If you run into any difficulties, such as an employer that claims you did not suffer the injury at work, you need to seek legal assistance. With an attorney on your side, you will better understand your rights and the steps you need to take in the immediate future. The only thing you should care about at this point is receiving the compensation you deserve.