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Your risk of repetitive stress injury in the workplace

You may assume that the only time you would be eligible for workers' compensation benefits would be if you suffered an injury in a workplace accident, but that is not the case. In reality, any New York worker who experiences repetitive stress injuries because of his or her job could also have a valid claim to these benefits.

Repetitive stress injuries, also called repetitive strain injuries, can cause serious pain and directly affect a person's ability to do his or her job. If you are struggling with the impact of this type of injury, you do not have to push through pain or navigate the claims process alone.

What causes repetitive strain in the workplace?

The hands and wrists are a complex system of bones, tendons and nerves. Just one small problem can be quite painful and even limit a person's range of motion. Workers who extensively use their hands for their jobs are more susceptible to this type of injury, including those who do the following:

  • Typing
  • Using a computer
  • Working outside
  • Using power tools regularly
  • Lifting
  • Sitting or standing for extended periods

Tingling, numbness, limited range of motion, stiffness, weakness or sensitivity to cold or heat often accompanies many types of repetitive stress injuries. Treatment may include rehabilitation, anti-inflammatory or steroid injections, rest, therapy, or even surgery.

Types of repetitive strain injuries

One of the most common types of repetitive stress injuries is tendonitis. Other types include:

  • Carpal tunnel
  • Bursitis
  • Back strain
  • Joint problems

The best treatment plan for you will depend on the type and severity of the injury you suffered. From the moment you receive a diagnosis, you will find great benefit in speaking with an experienced attorney in order to protect your right to workers' compensation benefits.

What are your rights?

Any individual who is suffering from an injury or illness that is a result of his or job has a rightful claim to financial support through workers' compensation benefits. Furthermore, these benefits may also be available to people with a preexisting condition made worse by work conditions or job duties.

It can be difficult to secure benefits for a repetitive stress injury. Employers and insurance providers may be reluctant to pay for an unseen injury or one often considered minor. A workers' compensation attorney may be able to help you resolve any issues that could arise in your efforts to secure benefits, including a denied or delayed claim.

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