Repetitive Motion Injuries & Carpal Tunnel
Workers’ Compensation Claims for RSI Patients
Repetitive motion injuries – sometimes called repetitive stress injuries or RSIs – can debilitate a worker just as much as a sudden, catastrophic injury might. Trying to complete daily tasks while your back, hand, knees, etc. are aching and hurting can be impossible. If you have workers’ compensation coverage, though, you might be able to get treatments and take time off work without damaging your own finances.
Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen in Las Vegas can help you pursue the full worker’s compensation benefits you deserve if your job caused you to suffer a repetitive motion injury like carpal tunnel. We can guide you through the process of creating and filing a claim. Our team is also highly familiar with lawsuits against workers’ compensation insurance providers, which have often ended with successful settlements and verdicts. No matter what we need to do to help you get the most out of your claim, we want to make it happen.
Call (702) 505-8115 and discuss your RSI with our team.
Carpal Tunnel from Work Duties
Are you experiencing pain in your hands, fingers, and wrists when you try to complete regular tasks at work? It could be a sign that you have carpal tunnel, one of the most common forms of repetitive motion injuries experienced in the workforce. Please see your trusted medical provider for an official diagnosis if you have not already because a doctor’s notes could be instrumental in forming and backing your claim.
Workplace duties that can cause carpal tunnel vary, such as:
- Typing on a keyboard for long hours each day
- Using a knife to cut and prepare food
- Lifting heavy products that require a strong grip to heft
- Medical work using fine instruments
Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms usually manifest as numbness, stinging pain, or clumsiness in one or both hands. The injury is well-researched and widely understood to be caused by a ligament in the wrist becoming inflamed and putting pressure on the nerve underneath. Most workers’ compensation insurance policies will have specific clauses to allow for filings based on a carpal tunnel diagnosis, but this does not mean that the insurance company will make filing a claim easy. You should always plan on consulting with an attorney if you have any reason to believe that your claim could be challenged.
Other Types of Repetitive Motion Injuries at Work
A repetitive motion injury is caused by repeating the same motion over and over again. It does not need to be a large or strenuous motion at all. It just needs to be repeated excessively for the injury to start to form and become problematic. As mentioned, carpal tunnel syndrome is quite common among workers’ compensation RSI claim filings, especially among office workers, but many other types of repetitive motion injuries can occur.
Other commonly reported types of work-related repetitive motion injuries are:
- Back strains
- Shoulder aches
- Knee injuries
- Neck aches from sitting idle
What Benefits Can You Get for an RSI?
The workers’ compensation benefits available to you for a claim filed due to a repetitive motion injury should be relatively the same as a claim filed for a sudden injury. If you need medical attention, like physical therapy to ease your RSI and allow it time to rest, then the bills should be paid by the insurance provider. If you need to take extended time off work to prevent making the RSI even worse, then you might be eligible to get wage replacement benefits equal to 66.67% of your average weekly wages.
If for whatever reason the insurance provider or your employer is saying you get fewer benefits because your injury occurred over time, not all at once, then you should pick up the phone and dial (702) 505-8115. Our attorneys would like to hear about what is going on and see if we can set the record straight.
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Get our Las Vegas repetitive motion injury attorneys on your side right away if you are worried at all about your workers’ compensation claim. Letting things go to chance could mean being shorted out of significant benefits that will help you recover. With us working for you, luck has nothing to do with the outcome thanks to our decades of combined experience and extensive legal skills.
Contact our firm at your next opportunity to learn more.
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