Repetitive Strain and Stress Injury and Workers Comp Medical Benefits

Repetitive Strain and Stress Injury and Workers Comp Medical Benefits

Many jobs are repetitive in nature and the simple act of carrying out your job responsibilities could cause injury to your body. Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time, bending and lifting heavy items, turning from side to side, doing small tasks with your hands or big movements with your whole body each have their own type of strain and stress. When that strain and stress turns into an injury that requires medical care, workers compensation is there to help you.

Repetitive Strain Injury

A normal term for the type of injury that you may have experienced is a repetitive strain injury or RSI. RSI is often used to describe a variety of conditions affecting muscles, soft tissues and tendons. These can be described as painful with symptoms including numbness, tingling, pain and swelling.

One of the difficulties with RSI is the fact that it can take longer than normal to heal from this type of strain, as opposed to other, more general muscle strains. These facts alone can make it likely that you would seek medical care to help ease your pain and discomfort.

Workers Compensation

Workers compensation was established to help cover the cost of medical care for injuries that were incurred while on the job. If you feel that your RSI was caused by your repetitive work, you will need to file a claim. Here are some steps to take to make sure you get the car you deserve.

  • Quickly Report Your Injury – Most laws have a time limit on how long you have to report the injury. If you wait too long, it could be denied.
  • Keep All Documents – There is a great deal of paperwork that is filed for a workers compensation claim. Keep every record of every communication with your employer, insurance company and any medical provider you see.
  • See a Doctor As Soon As Possible – If your company has a doctor they recommend, go ahead and go to that doctor. If not, feel free to go to your own physician and seek their care. Make sure to inform your doctor and their staff that this is a work-related injury. Make sure you always go to your appointments. If you miss doctor appointments, it can affect your benefits.

Denney, Morgan, Rather and Gilbert

Don’t go through something like this alone. We will work with you to help you get the most protection possible. If you feel that you or someone you know needs help from being injured on the job, contact our law firm today at (859) 252-0824 or connect with Denney, Morgan, Rather and Gilbert online.