Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Am I entitled to worker’s compensation if I have a Repetitive Stress Injury?

Workers in certain careers are at a higher risk for particular injuries.  Head and neck injuries are common; however, people often overlook injuries that develop over time.  Such injuries can be just as traumatic and have long-term consequences which can impact the worker’s ability to complete even the most simple tasks.
Repetitive Stress Injuries, or RSIs, account for the largest single category of workplace injuries.  In fact, most workplace injuries develop over time from minor, repetitive movements that are performed frequently.  The good news is that employees can recover for these types of repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) through the workers’ compensation system.

Jobs with Increased Risk of Repetitive Stress Injuries

  1. Office workers: The most common type of RSI involves injury to the hands and arms as a result of computer activities.  Some of the common conditions caused by this type of computer use are carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, and tendonitis.
  2. Supermarket cashiers/retail clerks: Due to the constant scanning of hundreds of items all day, common motions such as turning, lifting and pulling can contribute to the problem.
  3. Other occupations at risk for RSIs include:
  4. Assembly line workers
  5. Butchers
  6. Drivers 
  7. Musicians
  8. Mechanics

What To Do if You Have an RSI

1.      Notify your employer: The first thing you should do if you suspect an RSI is notify your employer and make a timely workers’ compensation claim.
2.      Note your symptoms: If you experience any symptoms such as dull or achy pain in the limbs, tingling or numbness in the fingers or arms, take note of what time of day they usually happen and what activities you were doing.

Contact an Attorney

If you have suffered an RSI at work, experienced attorney Ryan Zavodnick understands how important workers’ compensation benefits would be for you and your family. Mr. Zavodnick leads a legal team that strives to stand up for the rights of workers suffering from neck and back workplace issues. We are always zealous advocates for every injured client and work to make sure you receive the benefits you deserve for your workplace injury.
Call Delaware workers’ compensation lawyer Ryan Zavodnick at (302) 364-6047 for a free consultation today.