Repetitive Stress Injury
Dedicated Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Louisville
At Justice Law Office, our compassionate Louisville workers’ compensation attorney represents the rights of injured workers. While employees are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for sudden accidents and injuries, they are also entitled to compensation for gradual work-related injuries. This includes repetitive stress injuries, which can be painful and debilitating. If you or a loved one have suffered a repetitive stress injury at work, our firm can help. We can provide informative and tenacious representation as you pursue a financial settlement. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable lawyer.
Understanding Repetitive Stress Injuries at Work
Repetitive stress injuries are also known as cumulative trauma injuries or repetitive motion injuries. These occur from overusing a muscle or from doing a task over and over again, causing strain to tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues. Many types of jobs require workers to do tasks that increase their chances of sustaining a repetitive stress injury. Computer usage for hours at a time can cause repetitive stress injuries, as well as factory work, construction work, manufacturing work, or assembly line work.
Workers may suffer repetitive stress injuries if they:
- Lift heavy loads repeatedly
- Use vibrating machinery
- Fail to use ergonomic equipment
- Maintain a stationary position for long periods of time
- Use awkward angles to lift objects
- Use poorly designed tools and equipment
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, repetitive stress injuries cost employers around $2 billion each year in workers’ compensation claims. These injuries also account for the greatest number of lost days of work, with around 18 days of work missed for each injury. In general, repetitive stress injuries grow worse over time. If left untreated, they can cause severe and sometimes permanent damage.
Types of repetitive stress injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Trigger finger
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Ulnar tunnel syndrome
- Nerve entrapment disorders
- Spinal injuries, such as herniated or ruptured discs
Carpal tunnel syndrome, one of the most common types of repetitive stress injuries, is the swelling of the structures in the wrist, resulting in pressure on the median nerve. This causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the affected hand, and can become worse over time. In fact, patients who wait to receive medical attention may not even be able to open doors, type, pick up light objects, or use their hands at all. The muscles in the hands can deteriorate gradually. Thus, it is important to take steps to treat and prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you have suffered a repetitive stress injury from your working conditions, it is important to seek a financial settlement to cover medical bills and lost wages. Our Louisville workers’ compensation attorney can discuss the facts of your situation and answer your questions every step of the way.
The Importance of Ergonomics
Ergonomics is the process of designing a workplace to be comfortable and efficient for workers. Instead of expecting employees to adapt to a working environment, ergonomics builds the working environment around the employees. Employers can provide ergonomic keyboards to typists at a company, or provide lifting devices to help workers transport heavy loads. By giving employees ergonomically designed equipment, employers can help prevent repetitive stress injuries. Our firm has helped numerous clients achieve settlements through workers' compensation insurance.
If You Have Suffered a Repetitive Stress Injury, Call Justice Law Office Today at (502) 822-2230
Justice Law Office is committed to providing excellent legal services to injured clients. Our Louisville workers’ compensation lawyer has a thorough knowledge of the Kentucky workers' comp system. We can help you make informed legal decisions and represent you to insurance companies. From start to finish, our firm can fight to maximize the amount of settlement you are entitled to.
We truly care about your situation and will do our best to guide you through the process. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.