When people hear the phrase “work injury,” they often imagine a slip and fall, or other type of sudden accident. However, repetitive stress injuries (RSI) are all too common and can affect workers across a wide range of industries. Frequently performing the same motion for an extended period each day can lead to aches, sprains, and even nerve damage. Whether you work in a hospital, office, factory, or anywhere else, seek legal help if you suffer a repetitive stress injury as a result of your job duties. A competent workers’ comp lawyer in Massachusetts can quickly evaluate your case and walk you through the process of filing for workers’ compensation. If your application is accepted, you could receive benefits to cover medical expenses, lost wages, etc.
What are the symptoms
As the name implies, repetitive stress injuries occur when a worker repeatedly performs the same task. Yet the symptoms of this condition can be difficult to detect since the onset of pain and disability occurs gradually. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering an RSI:
- Reduced range of motion or flexibility
- Pain, from tenderness and dull aches to throbbing or acute pains
- Loss of strength or coordination
It is important that you see a doctor regardless of how minor your symptoms may be. Tingling or numbness can lead to further physical harm if left untreated.
Who is at risk?
While workers in a variety of industries are at risk, these professionals are more prone to suffering RSIs:
- Nurses and healthcare professionals
- Janitors and housekeeping cleaners
- Bus drivers
- Delivery workers
- Plumbers and pipefitters
Performing the same task on a regular basis can take its toll on your body. No matter what type of work you do, you are at risk of suffering an RSI if you engage in the same motions every day. Fortunately, RSIs are covered under workers’ compensation. However, not every application is approved. Working with a skilled attorney increases your chances of receiving fair benefits.
What to do when you suspect a work-related repetitive stress injury
If you experience numbness, tingling, limited motion/mobility, or weakness as a result of your regular job duties, you must notify your employer as soon as possible. Failure to promptly inform your boss about your injury can jeopardize your ability to collect workers’ compensation benefits. The sooner you notify your employer and get medical care, the more likely that your claim will be approved. Your employer has the right to choose which doctor you go to for your initial treatment. After your first visit, you may then select your own physician. Provide your doctor with detailed information about the accident, your injury or illness, and your symptoms.
Comprehensive guidance for workers’ compensation claimants in Beverly
Chisholm Law LLC, has vast experienced advocating for workers who suffer repetitive stress injuries in Massachusetts. For a consultation, contact the firm online, or call 978-942-6959 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
About the Author: Eric Chisholm
J. Eric Chisholm practices in the areas of Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association & a frequent lecturer on the topic of workers’ compensation law at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education seminars.