Unlike an injury caused by a slip and fall, a repetitive trauma injury cannot be linked to one specific event. Repetitive trauma occurs over time, growing more painful over days, weeks, months or years. Some types of repetitive trauma can lead to permanent disability.
In some cases, you can pinpoint what caused a repetitive trauma injury. A mechanic twisting a wrench day after day can develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Other repetitive movement injuries may be caused by vibrating hand tools, keyboarding or repeated flexing motions. You may even suffer injuries to your neck and shoulder when you sit for long periods in one position. Hips, knees and backs can suffer from repetitive movement injuries due to heavy lifting or repeated bending.
Unfortunately, you may not even realize you are suffering from a repetitive movement injury as symptoms can be varied between individuals. There have been reports of elbow pain in people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, even though the injury is in the wrist. You may suffer from numbness, pain or other symptom that you might confuse with another type of injury.
If you are suffering from a repetitive movement injury, such as tendinitis or carpal tunnel syndrome, you are eligible for workers’ compensation. You are eligible for lost wages, medical bills or other expenses related to treatment. In addition, your employer may be required to provide you with certain accommodations in order to prevent further damage while you are undergoing treatment and once you return to work. An attorney can advise you on how to seek the accommodations from your employer and confirm that you are receiving the compensation you are entitled to under the law. Hiring an attorney does not mean you plan to sue your employer as the law prevents you from doing so in most cases. An attorney will simply look out for your best interests so you get the compensation you are entitled to under the law.
If you or a loved one has suffered a repetitive trauma injury, contact the experienced lawyers at Lundy Law to learn what rights you may have. You can arrange for an initial, no obligation consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney. At Lundy Law, we have represented people just like you and helped them get the compensation they were entitled to under the law.