Repetitive Stress Injuries and Workers’ Comp Cases
Workplace injuries can take many forms, from traumatic brain injuries due to slip and fall accidents to death due to malfunctioning machinery. While dramatic injuries such as these may get the attention of the public when they occur, they aren’t necessarily the most common workplace injuries. In fact, many debilitating injuries occur in workplace environments that most people wouldn’t identify as being inherently dangerous.
Possibly the most common workplace injury can occur to virtually anyone in virtually any occupation. Repetitive stress injuries occur due to the placement of too much stress on a joint through repeated motions or overuse of the tendons and muscles surrounding the joint. The best known repetitive stress injury is carpal tunnel syndrome, which is marked by painful swelling in the wrist; however, every joint in the body is susceptible to repetitive stress injury. The result is pain, numbness, or an uncomfortable tingling sensation that can make performing one’s occupational duties difficult at best, and impossible at worst.
Unfortunately, largely because repetitive stress injuries do not produce the immediately visible symptoms of more catastrophic injuries, many people who file legitimate workers’ compensation claims after suffering repetitive stress injuries are denied. The Indianapolis repetitive stress injury attorneys of Golitko & Daly can help you if your workers’ compensation claim was wrongfully denied. If you would like to arrange an evaluation of your repetitive stress injury case, please don’t hesitate to contact the personal injury law firm of Golitko & Daly today.
Common Repetitive Stress Injuries
The following are among the most common repetitive stress injuries suffered in various occupations. Any of these may form the basis of a legitimate workers’ compensation claim:
- Carpel tunnel syndrome – swelling in the wrist that affects sensation in the entire hand
- De Quervain’s disease – inflammation of a tendon connected to the thumb
- Cubital tunnel syndrome – swelling of the nerve behind the elbow, affecting the elbow and the hand
- Epicondylitis – commonly known as “tennis elbow,” though common among construction workers and other people involved in heavy labor
- Tendonitis – pain caused by overuse of tendons in the shoulder, arm, or knee
- Cervical radiculopathy – commonly known as a “pinched nerve,” this compression of the disks in the neck can lead to pain in the neck, shoulders, and back
- Myofascial damage – damage to overused muscles
If you have suffered any of the above injuries or any other job-related injury due to repetitive motions or overuse of areas of your body, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. If you have applied for workers’ compensation and been denied, it is important that you contact the skilled lawyers of Golitko & Daly. We can evaluate your claim and advise you of your legal rights and options.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a clerk at a grocery store, an office worker who uses a computer every day, an assembly line worker, a truck driver, or a warehouse employee – you are susceptible to repetitive stress injury. The nature of your job has no bearing on your right to workers’ compensation. If you have any questions about repetitive stress injuries or workers’ compensation benefits, please call or email Golitko & Daly today.