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Who Is at Risk for a Repetitive Stress Work Injury?


Workplace injuries are usually associated with a single, life-altering incident that causes a worker to be injured. However, many work injuries don’t happen so suddenly. Some take years to develop as a result of performing certain job duties repeatedly.

 

Sustaining a repetitive stress injury (RSI) can be stressful, especially if you don’t know how to go about getting the proper care. Fortunately, employees may be entitled to disability benefits if their repetitive stress injury was primarily caused by working.

Signs of RSI

Nearly every occupation has the potential to cause a repetitive stress injury to an employee, whether it be a nurse, a painter, or an office employee. Because of this, it is especially important to be on the lookout for any signs.

 

The moment you feel any symptom that could point to a repetitive work is when you should seek out medical treatment. If left untreated, many repetitive stress injuries can have debilitating pain and have long-term impacts.

 

Signs of a repetitive stress injury to look out for include:

 
  • Various levels of pain, ranging from tenderness and dull aches to acute pains

  • Tingling

  • Numbness

  • Loss of coordination or strength

  • Reduced range of mobility of flexibility

 

You may notice that any of these symptoms are made worse when performing a certain job duty or task at work. Make note of this and be sure to let your doctor know this information once you seek treatment.

Proving a Repetitive Stress Injury Is Work-Related

Successfully obtaining disability benefits for a repetitive stress injury involves proving that the injury occurred because of job duties. This can be a complex process because it is not connected to a specific workplace accident.

 

Medical evidence linking your RSI to work duties will be the primary source of proof in your case. A workers’ compensation attorney with experience in RSI cases can help you collect all the documents and evidence you need to show proof and relate your injury back to work.

 

If you sustained a repetitive stress injury in Georiga, our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys are here to stand in your corner. We will look at the details of your work injury to show clearly that your repetitive stress injury was related to work. This way, you obtain the benefits you need to pay for your medical bills and cover your lost wages as you heal.

 

Contact The Law Offices of Nathanial F. Hansford at (770) 629-9321 to schedule your free case review.

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