Many people just naturally connect the term work-related injury to sudden events like a fall or a back injury. There is more to consider, however, when it comes to work-related injuries. Just as the human body responds differently to various ailments, there is a wide range of medical conditions that fall under the heading of workplace injury. Occupational illnesses, exposure to toxic substances, and repetitive strain injuries are just a few workplace ailments that deserve just as much attention and insurance coverage as a sudden type of injury. Read on to learn more about a few common repetitive strain injuries that could have you missing work and seeking workers' compensation insurance benefits.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Untold hundreds of positions at work involve the use of your hands and wrists, but if the position requires you to move and hold the wrist in a repetitive manner for hours a day, the result can be devastating. The tunnel referred to in the name of this condition contains sensitive nerves that extend from the wrist area to your palm and fingers. With overuse, this tunnel compresses the nerves inside. The result is pain, burning feelings, swelling, numbness, and extreme discomfort. The only real help for this condition is rest and then surgery to snip the nerves if rest is not enough. Often, the affected worker can never return to their former work position again and must be trained to do other work.
The tendons connect your joints and muscles, so you can imagine the importance of keeping those vital connections free of problems. Having tendinitis means inflammation, pain, and tenderness near the joint areas, such as elbows, shoulders, and more. If your job involves using major joints, like the knees, you may not be able to work at your job until your tendons heal. For example, a forklift driver might have continuous problems with doing the tasks of their job if they have tendinitis.
Other common repetitive strain or stress injuries that could hinder your ability to do your job include th:
and many more.
Getting Your Repetitive Strain Injury Covered
1. See a doctor as soon as you notice a problem.
2. Alert your supervisor and see that a workers' compensation claim is filed
3. This category of work-related injury tends to be more of a challenge to get coverage for. If you encounter problems with your claim, speak to a workers' compensation attorney service.
If you are unable to work because of an illness or injury, you may qualify for social security disability payments. This money comes from a fund you have probably contributed to during your time in the work force, and it is likely that you have the right to disability payments using this money. As an attorney specializing in social security disability, I have a great deal of experience in helping clients determine if they qualify for disability payments. I hope that this blog will help people who have been injured understand what it means to qualify for social security disability benefits and how to go about getting that help.