Can I Get Compensation for a Repetitive Strain Injury Suffered at Work?
A repetitive strain injury is the result of overuse of certain body parts and, as the name suggests, doing the same action over and over again. Since many jobs involve repetitive physical tasks, these types of injuries are often occur in the workplace. They can occur in almost any field including clerical work. Repetitive strain injuries may seem minor, but they can actually be painful and debilitating. They can force employees to put down their tools and take time off work. Fortunately, there is some good news. Repetitiveness strain injuries are covered under Maryland’s workers compensation system. Therefore, as long as you can prove that your injury occurred at work, you should be able to claim compensation for related losses. In this article, we will look at some of the more common repetitive strain injuries. We’ll also discuss why it’s so important to retain legal counsel if you want to get compensation.
Examples of Repetitive Strain InjuriesThere are many types of injuries that result from overuse of a muscle or joint. The most common is probably carpal tunnel syndrome but workers can also develop:
- Ganglion cysts
- Rotator cuff syndrome
- Trigger finger
- Ulnar tunnel entrapment
Why Repetitive Strain Injuries Must be Taken SeriouslyRepetitive strain injuries may not seem as serious as other types of injuries that occur in the workplace. A fall from a great height or the development of lung cancer may seem more concerning than carpal tunnel syndrome. However, repetitive strain injuries can be incapacitating. They prevent individuals from performing their jobs and carrying out regular activities at home. Something as simple as putting on your clothing or picking up a pen to write can be painful and almost impossible depending on the nature of the injury. Symptoms of repetitive strain injuries include: