When people think about work injuries and workers’ compensation claims, they tend to think of the more serious conditions that can be suffered on the job. These might include significant burns, broken bones, brain injuries, back injuries or an illness due to exposure to toxic chemicals.
While these conditions could certainly qualify a person to receive workers’ compensation benefits in Ohio, they are not the only ones. In fact, there are millions of workers suffering from certain injuries that can be easily overlooked. These injuries are the result of repetitive stress, and they could seriously impact a person’s health and ability to continue working.
Repetitive stress injuries are developed over time and as a result of performing certain jobs over and over. Tendonitis and carpal tunnel are two of the most common types of RSI.
Generally speaking, these types of injuries can be caused by awkward posture, heavy lifting, typing or repetitive body movements. The people who can experience these types of injuries work in a wide range of jobs, from food processing plants to construction to office administration.
Although the pain of an RSI may start as being uncomfortable or intermittent, many of these injuries can get much worse over time. The swelling, numbness or tingling that can be a symptom of an RSI can become constant and debilitating. Some people end up with serious mobility issues or loss of function, which can result in the need for medical attention and time away from work.
If an RSI is the result of job-related activities, sufferers may be eligible to pursue workers’ compensation. This financial support can at least partially replace lost wages and help cover the cost of medical care. This can be of great relief to workers who need to deal with a painful condition but worry about the financial toll of taking time off work to get treatment.
In order to pursue these benefits, workers suffering from an RSI may want to speak with an attorney who can help them file a claim or appeal a denied claim.
Source: Cleveland Clinic, “Protect Your Hands Against Repetitive Stress Injuries,” Mark Hendrickson, accessed on Sept. 17, 2014