Repetitive Stress Injuries from Work

Insight from Seasoned New York Workers' Comp Lawyers

Some of the most subtle, easily overlooked injuries that workers can suffer from are related to repetitive stress. These injuries are commonly caused by stress or strain to muscles or the body due to repetitive motions or frequently performed tasks. They can also be known as "repetitive stress disorders" and are actually very common in the workplace. In fact, there is a very good chance that you or someone you know will suffer from a repetitive stress injury during the course of their employment.

If you believe that you have developed a repetitive stress-related injury, it is crucial that you report it as soon as possible. The longer you take, the more your eligibility for workers' compensation will be at risk. You need a New York workers' comp lawyer who understands your case and is well-versed in handling repetitive stress injury claims.

At Katz Leidman Grossman Wolfe & Freund, we have assisted employees who have suffered from a wide range of injuries and know how to craft compelling claims. We can help you recover what you are owed from your employer for these injuries. Get started with a free case evaluation to find out more.

How do you know if your injury is covered?

In order to have a true work-related repetitive stress disorder, it must be associated with some type of motion that is required for your job. For example, if you went for a run every day during your lunch break and suffered shin splints, this likely would not be covered, as it is not a work required activity.

In comparison, these job responsibilities are common causes of repetitive stress injuries:

  • Fixed posture or prolonged standing
  • Excessive typing or using a mouse
  • Lifting or stacking boxes or heavy objects
  • Overusing hands or fingers
  • Tasks that involve limited variation

If you notice that your wrist continually hurts or aches after typing all day, your back in always strained and begins to become too tight to move, or that your shoulder has limited mobility, it may be related to a work responsibility. Common injuries can include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, cervical radiculopathy, and many others. Workers' compensation can be used to cover all related expenses, such as for doctor's visits, medications, necessary surgical procedures, or braces.

When you come to our firm, we will assess your injuries and help you determine if you have a repetitive stress injury. Keep in mind that you should inform your employer within 30 days of discovering your injury, or else you may not be able to claim compensation.

Don't wait any longer to report your injury! Contact us for a free case evaluation with our firm today.