Repetitive motions performed in the workplace such as typing or scanning can result in a repetitive stress injury. Although workplace injuries are often associated with dramatic, life-altering accidents, repetitive stress injuries can also have a significant affect on your overall health and quality of life. Our team of lawyers at Rubin & Machado can help you file the appropriate workers' compensation documentation and secure full compensation for you injury. If you feel you are suffering from a repetitive stress injury acquired in your workplace, call our Chicago, IL, office at (312) 327-1840 or contact us online to schedule a free review of your case.
This type of injury is caused by repetitive movements, which can damage the underlying tissue in your neck, shoulders, forearms, or hands. Unlike other forms of workplace injury, repetitive stress injuries occur over an extended period of time and are often more advanced by the time you notice symptoms. While anyone can develop an injury, there are certain factors that put you at greater risk, including:
Repetitive motions can create microscopic tears in underlying tissue and cause the muscles to contract, decreasing your mobility and limiting your ability to work. Sometimes, employees refrain from asking for better accommodations, which can cause the condition to worsen. If left untreated, repetitive stress injury could require surgical intervention or other costly treatments.
Repetitive motions can create microscopic tears in underlying tissue and cause the muscles to contract, decreasing your mobility and limiting your ability to work.
These injuries result in painful symptoms that can impact your daily routine. Symptoms of an onset repetitive stress injury include:
Symptoms can manifest themselves in different areas of the body depending on the nature of your work, but are typically associated with:
Some of these conditions require intensive physical therapy or even surgery, which can result in medical expenses and loss of wages.
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), musculoskeletal disorders account for 33 percent of all workplace related injuries. Unfortunately, repeated stress injury is not considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, meaning there are inconsistencies about whether your employer can dismiss you based on your inability to perform your assigned tasks. In spite of these discrepancies, you are entitled by law to a safe workplace. A lawyer can help you file the appropriate compensation claims, which can protect you and other employees from potentially hazardous working conditions.
If you have suffered a repetitive stress injury as a result of work conditions, do not simply accept that your condition is "part of the job." A lawyer from Rubin & Machado, can fight tirelessly on your behalf to recover compensation. We can ensure you file the appropriate worker's compensation documentation, which should be submitted at the onset of injury to avoid negligence on your part. If your employer refuses to support your worker's compensation claim, a lawyer can help you build a lawsuit with the appropriate government agency or against the company itself.
A lawyer can also:
Our team can review all evidence to build a strong case on your behalf.
Our legal team at Rubin & Machado can help you collect compensation for medical expenses and other damages acquired in the workplace. To schedule a complimentary review of your case, call us at (312) 327-2840 or contact us online.