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Why you should take repetitive stress injuries seriously

When you think of workplace injuries, do you automatically think of serious injuries and trauma suffered as the result of an accident, fall, or other similar incident? Most people think that workplace injuries are always the result of a sudden event, but in many cases, some of the most painful and debilitating injuries develop over time.

Repetitive stress or repetitive strain injuries are some of the most common types of injuries suffered by California workers, yet people often perceive these as minor or insignificant. An unseen injury is still an injury, and, if you are suffering, you have the right to a full and fair recovery.

Who is at risk for these types of injuries?

Anyone can develop a repetitive stress injury, but these are common for people with jobs that require repeating the same motions over and over. Some jobs and job duties that may result in this type of injury include the following:

  • Typing
  • Sewing
  • Assembling
  • Lifting
  • Welding
  • Hammering
  • Writing
  • Driving
  • Loading and unloading

These injuries develop over time, and victims may ignore the pain and other symptoms until the condition has reached a serious point. When allowed to progress, a repetitive stress injury can result in a person being unable to do his or her job or live life without discomfort.

The cost of treatment and recovery

You may not be able to see your injury, but it can be quite costly to secure the medical treatment you need. Depending on the nature of your individual injury and other health conditions, you may need some of the following treatments to achieve a full recovery:

  • Surgery
  • Therapy
  • Extended period of rest
  • Braces or splints
  • Rehabilitation

Medical care is expensive, no matter how bad your injury is, but you may not have to carry this financial burden alone. If your condition is a result of your job or is worse because of your job duties, you may have a valid claim to workers' compensation benefits.

Keep fighting for the care you need

Your employer or workers' compensation insurance provider may not acknowledge the serious nature of a repetitive stress injury, and your initial claim for benefits may not be successful. Even in claim denial cases, though, you should not give up. Rather, this is where an experienced lawyer can step in to advocate for your interests and help you obtain the workers' compensation benefits you desertve.

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