Workers' Compensation Benefits for Repetitive Motion Injuries
Workers who perform the same physical task or motion over and over, day in and day out, risk serious injury to their muscles, tendons, and nerves. These injuries ─ known as repetitive motion or repetitive stress injuries ─ develop over time and can eventually make it impossible to perform daily duties.
Workers with repetitive motion injuries may find they need costly surgery and extensive rehabilitation. The time missed from work can put an added financial strain on workers and their families. The workplace injury lawyers at Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A., have helped many workers recover full and fair compensation to move forward with their lives after a debilitating injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered a repetitive stress injury (RSI) related to your work, you need to speak with our knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorneys about your rights. Our dedicated lawyers have earned a reputation for:
- Compassionate customer service. We treat clients like members of our family. Every move we make is based on what is in your best interests. You can count on us to guide you through this process and keep the lines of communication open for any questions you may have.
- Extensive legal experience. Our team has a long track record of standing up for injured workers throughout North Carolina. We are proud to have two Board-Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law – Chip Younce and David E. Vtipil.
- Detail-oriented case management. We handle every aspect of your workers’ comp claim, from start to finish, so you can focus on your recovery. Our law firm has invested in a state-of-the-art case tracking system to ensure your claim moves forward smoothly.
- Accommodating to your needs. If your injuries limit your mobility, our team can meet with you at your home, in the hospital, or anywhere else that is convenient to you. We also have staff members who speak both English and Spanish, so we can communicate with you and your family however you feel most comfortable.
A consultation with our personal injury law firm is free. Meeting with us about your repetitive motion injury puts you under no obligation. If you decide not to hire us, you will at least have a better understanding of your legal options for pursuing compensation.
Contact us now to set up a free claim review and get free advice about your injury.
How Our Repetitive Motion Injury Attorney Can Help You
The workers’ compensation system is intended to protect those who are injured on the job. Unfortunately, getting the full benefits you deserve is not always as straight forward as it should be.
Our repetitive motion injury lawyer has extensive experience navigating the complex North Carolina workers’ compensation system. We will put our knowledge and skills to work for you as we manage all aspects of your workplace injury claim.
Depending on the details of your case, our team can help you:
- Gather detailed documentation to show the cause and extent of your workplace injury
- File a petition to change your doctor if the insurance company refuses your request
- File a strong claim that meets the strict requirements of the North Carolina Industrial Commission
- Appeal a workers’ compensation decision if your initial claim is denied or if you are awarded less than you believe is fair
- Understand whether a workers’ comp settlement is right for you, including how the settlement may affect your right to future benefits if your condition worsens
- Protect you from employers if you fear retaliation from filing a workers’ comp claim.
At Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A., our Raleigh repetitive stress injury lawyers are dedicated to doing all the legwork in your workers’ comp claim so you can focus on recovering from your injury.
Schedule a free consultation today to learn how we can make a difference for you.
Compensation for a Repetitive Motion Injury
Because a RSI is often caused by a motion or activity that a person must perform repeatedly at work, this type of injury is likely to prevent you from working while you receive treatment and recover. Under North Carolina workers’ compensation law, you may be entitled to receive:
- Payment for all medical bills, including for surgeries, rehabilitative therapy, medications, braces, etc.
- Payment for two-thirds of your gross average weekly wage (up to a maximum amount). This payment begins after you have missed more than seven days of work. If your injury forces you to miss more than 21 days of work, you may receive payment for the first seven days you were out as well.
If you are coping with a repetitive stress injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis and want to understand your options for filing a workers’ compensation claim, contact our knowledgeable attorneys today. We will review your case for free, with no obligation, and discuss your options for pursuing RSI compensation.
Common Causes of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries are a common type of workplace injury that often go ignored until the pain and other symptoms are too much to bear. Unlike immediate traumatic injuries such as broken bones or amputations, an RSI is a type of musculoskeletal disorder that develops over time as workers repeat the same motion, eventually damaging muscles, nerves, or tendons.
Any worker who performs highly repetitive tasks can suffer an RSI to the hands, wrists, elbow, shoulder, or knee.
- Computer Use: Office workers and others who frequently use a keyboard and mouse to do their jobs often suffer repetitive stress injuries, particularly carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Vibrating Tools: Workers who use vibrating power tools and equipment on a daily basis may develop an RSI such as hand-arm vibration syndrome. Tools that may cause RSI include jackhammers, construction drills, reciprocating saws and dentist drills.
- Painting: Painters may suffer repetitive motion injuries in the wrist due to the constant back-and-forth motion of using a paint brush.
- Food Processing: People who work in food processing plants often perform the same tasks day in and day out, causing extreme wear on their bodies that leads to injuries.
- Garment Work: People who operate sewing machines as seamstresses or work in textile mills are highly susceptible to suffering repetitive motion injuries.
The fact is that workers in any industry can suffer an RSI if they perform repetitive physical tasks. If you are experiencing symptoms of such an injury, seek medical help. If you believe the injury is work related, report it to your employer so you can get a referral to a doctor and start the appropriate treatment as soon as possible.
Symptoms of Repetitive Strain Injury
Repetitive stress injury typically occurs in the upper part of the body, such as in the wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Symptoms tend to appear gradually and can worsen over time. They include:
- Pain, aching, or throbbing
- Tingling or numbness
It is important to get treatment for RSI as soon as you recognize there is a problem to prevent further injury and worsening symptoms.
Treatment for Repetitive Motion Injuries
Treatment for repetitive motion injuries depends on the severity of the injury. Patients may require:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Heat or ice packs
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Braces or splints to immobilize the injured area
- Occupational therapy
- Education on preventing further injury
Most treatments for repetitive motion injury are completed on an outpatient basis. However, multiple trips to the doctor or rehabilitative therapist can add up financially. It is important that you learn about your right to RSI compensation by speaking to our experienced workplace injury lawyers today.
Contact Our Raleigh Workers’ Comp Attorneys Now
Don’t let your employer tell you how to handle the financial strains related to a workplace injury. They may encourage you to use your health insurance or take sick days/vacation time to heal.
If your repetitive stress injury was caused by duties you perform as part of your job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Talk to our dedicated Raleigh repetitive motion injury attorney about your options. Our law firm understands how insurance companies fight RSI workers’ comp cases, and we will develop a comprehensive claim with extensive documentation.
Schedule a free consultation with our workplace injury attorneys today. We can get started on your claim with no upfront costs to you. In fact, you do not owe us anything unless we recover money for you.