Repetitive stress injuries – also referred to as repetitive motion injuries and injuries from overuse – impact hundreds of workers across Pennsylvania every year. When you suffer a repetitive stress injury that causes you to incur medical expenses or miss time from work, with only limited exceptions, you are entitled to claim workers’ compensation.
Unfortunately, employers and their insurance companies rarely pay benefits without a fight. At Solnick & Associates LLC, we provide experienced and aggressive representation for injured workers throughout the greater Philadelphia area in pursuing maximum workers’ compensation benefits.
Repetitive Stress Injury Trends
Common Causes and Symptoms of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries can result from weeks, months, or even years of performing the same job-related task numerous – and in some cases countless – times. They are common among workers in a wide-range of occupations, from factory workers to athletes to office professionals. Some of the most common types of work-related repetitive stress injuries include:
- Carpel tunnel syndrome – numbness, tingling, and other symptoms resulting from a pinched nerve in the wrist
- Trigger finger (stenosing tenosynovitis) – when a finger gets stuck in a bent position
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) – pain resulting from overuse of the arm, forearm, and hand muscles
Repetitive stress injuries can involve damage to the muscles, nerves and tendons, and as a result can become both extremely painful and difficult to treat over time. Many victims of repetitive stress injuries require multiple surgical procedures and intensive rehabilitative therapy before they start to notice significant improvements in their symptoms, which may include:
If you believe that you may be experiencing symptoms of a repetitive stress injury, it is important to seek a medical diagnosis as soon as possible. In order to retain your eligibility for workers’ compensation, you may need to see a physician who has been pre-approved by your employer. Read more about the requirements for claiming workers’ compensation.
Are You at Risk for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome?
While many people think of carpel tunnel syndrome (CTS) as an injury that primarily affects people who spend their days in front of a computer, studies have shown that officer workers aren’t even in the top 10 when it comes to workers most likely to suffer from CTS. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 10 occupations whose workers are most likely to suffer from carpel tunnel syndrome are:
- Highway maintenance workers
- Engine specialists
- Construction workers
- Automotive technicians
Challenges in Seeking Workers’ Comp for Repetitive Stress Injuries
Workers’ compensation claims for repetitive stress injuries can be particularly challenging because employers and their insurance companies will often try to argue that there simply is no way to show that the injuries are job-related. At Solnick & Associates LLC, we have the experience necessary to prove that our clients’ injuries are the product of their working environments. Our attorneys have helped numerous clients throughout the greater Philadelphia area obtain just workers’ compensation awards, and we will fight vigorously to make sure that you receive the full compensation you deserve.
Solnick & Associates LLC | Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Jenkintown, PA
If you are suffering from carpel tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, tennis elbow, or any other form of repetitive stress injury, we want to help you fight for just compensation. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us online or call our Jenkintown, PA law offices at (877) 958-7010 today