Repetitive Injuries: Are They Eligible for Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania?

Worker's Compensation
By Goodwin Como, P.C.

Being injured on the job is especially upsetting when it inhibits your ability to continue earning money to support yourself and your family. On the job injuries can also result in life-long medical costs and life-altering changes. An experienced workers’ comp attorney from Goodwin Como, P.C. is available to discuss your options and help you recover the workers’ compensation you are owed.

What is a Repetitive Stress Injury?

Before addressing how an attorney can help you get the most of the compensation from your repetitive stress injury, we’ll first take a moment to explain what a repetitive stress injury actually is. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) a repetitive stress injury (RSI), also referred to as a repetitive motion disorder (RMD), is a family of muscular conditions that result from repeated motions that are performed in the course of a normal work or daily activities.

Conditions that count as repetitive stress injury include:

  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Epicondylitis
  • Trigger finger

Repetitive stress injuries are caused by:

  • Too many uninterrupted repetitions of a given motion or activity
  • Unnatural motions including twisting of  the arm or wrist
  • Incorrect posture
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Overexertion

Repetitive Motion Injuries primarily impact:

  • Hands
  • Wrists
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • And to limited extent the neck, back, legs, hips, knees, feet, and ankles

If the source of your repetitive stress injury is your job, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim to recover damages for the medical costs and lost wages associated with your injury. RSIs generally result in pain, tingling, numbness, redness, and visible swelling in the area.

Repetitive Stress Injuries Impact All Workers, from Construction Sites to Offices

Workers engaged in any industry can experience a repetitive stress injury, ranging from construction jobs to office work. Construction workers may develop an RSI as a result of ongoing overexertion of the muscular system due to regular lifting of irregularly weighted objects. Once an RSI has developed, it may be irreversible, and its symptoms might only be able to be lessened or otherwise addressed through surgery and/or rehabilitation.

Discuss Your Claim with a Repetitive Stress Injury Lawyer

Determining the cause of your repetitive stress injury, then measuring the associated costs, can be a time-consuming and complex process. You’ll need to follow reporting guidelines concerning your injury with your employer, and collect evidence to prove the complete amount of your damages, both now and into the future.

To get started on your workers’ compensation claim, reach out to a local attorney from Goodwin Como, P.C. Our experienced attorneys know how to put together the strongest case possible on your behalf, and we’ll review your case for free to determine if we can help before getting started. To learn more, give us a call at (724) 438-1616, or visit our site to schedule a consultation.