While many workplace injuries are due to accidents, certain injuries occur over time. Repetitive stress injuries fall within the latter category.
Just like other injuries that occur on the job, it is possible to seek compensation for the work injury. To seek workers’ comp successfully in those situations, it is important to understand a few key elements of this injury type.
Repetitive stress injuries
A repetitive stress injury is a type of injury that occurs due to a person consistently performing the same motion. Employees in various industries may experience these types of injuries, and they may experience them all over the body. A few common repetitive stress injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel
- Back strain
- Tendonitis or bursitis
- Shoulder injuries
While these are a few of the most common injury types, they do not encompass all repetitive stress injuries. Also, certain injury types can compound or increase over time.
As soon as employees recognize symptoms of possible injury, they should seek medical attention. It is important for them to receive medical treatment as soon as they can, to address the injury and possibly decrease or reverse the effects. In addition, a medical evaluation would begin the documentation process necessary for a workers’ comp claim.
Companies have set protocols for handling on-the-job injuries. Employees should familiarize themselves with the process and follow it accordingly. If employees have any questions, HR should provide assistance and guidance. Usually, employees receive the compensation they need through this process. However, if denied their claim even after following proper company protocol, they may seek further legal action as a last resort.
Seeking workers’ comp benefits can be a complex process. However, with the right assistance and understanding, it can provide vital physical and financial relief.