Get Workers Comp For Repetitive Stress Work Injuries (ie. Carpal Tunnel)
Forest Hills residents typing away at work may be eligible for a workers compensation insurance claim against their employer. When you think about a work place injury, the image conjured up is usually that of a traumatic injury from a fall or an injured back. Workplace injuries often involve traumatic injuries, but some may find it surprising to learn that any injury resulting from work is considered a work place injury—including repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel from laboring for hours over a keyboard.
Repetitive stress injuries can have subtle first signs. You might notice tingling in your extremities, or that you can’t move quite the way you used to. There could be numbness or weakness, long before pain sets in.
Repetitive stress injuries are much easier to heal when caught early. You should alert your employer to your injury the first moment you become aware of it. If the injury is allowed to get more severe, the damage can be a lot more expensive.
If your company is reluctant to view your RSI as a problem, a good workers compensation lawyer may be the only way to get the help you need. Unfortunately, many companies will try to claim that your RSI was a preexisting condition, something that’s very hard to prove. A lawyer can help you get the proper evidence, document the injury, and also the time off needed or medical bills associated with the injury.
Repetitive stress injuries are a common work place hazard, and they’re not just limited to carpal tunnel. You can get repetitive stress injuries from any motion that happens over and over, from repeated motions on a factory line to repeatedly lifting or pulling.
If you notice the first signs of RSI, or are already experiencing more serious symptoms, notify your employer immediately. If they request that you see a doctor, do so promptly, and keep all the paperwork associated. You may need it later in order to help you.
NY puts certain limits on how long you can wait before making a claim on your injuries. There are some exceptions, such as when it’s possible you were made ill at a specific time but were unaware of it till much later. This is why it’s important to notify your employer as early as possible, and to get a lawyer who can help you navigate the complex laws surrounding workers compensation.
An aggressive lawyer can make the difference between getting the time off and treatment you need, instead of a pat on the back and a shove out the door.
Your pain matters, and being hurt at work shouldn’t mean being left to deal with the pain and injury to your body for a lifetime because it doesn’t look like a “real” injury. It’s important to remember that repetitive stress injuries are just as real as a more dramatic fall, and every bit as related to your line of work.
Happen to be closer to our Staten Island Office Than Our Forest Hills Office? Visit Our Staten Island Workers Compensation Office to schedule at that office. The important thing to remember is that If you were injured at work, don’t let your employers insurance company bully you around and try to force you to settle on a low offer. Contact a workers compensation legal professional right away and get the payout that you are legally entitled to.