Not all work injuries come from major accidents

| Nov 20, 2017 | Workers' Compensation |

When you think of work injuries, what comes to mind? Many think of major accidents that often cause devastating injuries. However, not all work injuries are the result of big events. In fact, there are those that happen due to completing the same tasks repeatedly.

Repetitive stress injuries are very common and can occur in any work environment. What is the most common form of RSI, and does California law cover such injuries under workers’ compensation benefits?

RSI

According to the Cleveland Clinic, repetitive stress injuries result from performing the same task over and over again. The most common type of RSI is tendonitis in the hands. This is when the tendons become inflamed or otherwise injured, making it difficult, if not impossible, for someone to use his or her hands.

Symptoms of repetitive stress injuries may come and go for a while before becoming a major issue. The most common symptom is pain. However, other symptoms may include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Swelling
  • Temperature sensitivity

Everybody is different, so your symptoms may not be exactly the same as someone else’s.

Get help

If you believe you have an RSI as a result of your job, it is important to report it and seek treatment. California does recognize these injuries and may cover them under workers’ compensation benefits. However, you cannot get coverage if you fail to report it to your employer and lack documentation of when and how the injury started.

Treatment

The type of treatment you receive will depend on the type of injury you have. Some people require therapy. Some fair well with medications. Others may require surgery. You won’t know how bad it is until you seek medical advice.

What if workers’ compensation denies my claim?

Achieving workers’ compensation for repetitive stress injuries may not be easy. Insurance providers may not believe that the injury is entirely work-related and deny the claim. If this happens to you, it is not the end of the road. You may still be able to workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical costs and a portion of your lost wages.

Going up against workers’ compensation insurance companies can seem a daunting task. Thankfully, you do not have to do it alone. With legal assistance, you can do fight for what you deserve.

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