Repetitive Motion Injuries Lawyer

Repetitive Motion Injuries Lawyer

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Very often, workplace injuries involve life-changing accidents and mishaps. For instance, many construction industry employees experience falling accidents that result in catastrophic and lifelong injuries.

But not every on-the-job injury is the result of a single tragic event. Other types of physical damage are the result of everyday repetitive motions that workers engage in.

These types of physical damage are known as “repetitive motion injuries.” Making the same motions day in and day out can harm the bones and soft tissue in the body.

Many people are unaware that repetitive motion can cause injury. But if you have experienced this type of physical harm, make sure to speak with a repetitive motion injuries lawyer.

Most employees are entitled to benefits if they suffer from an on-the-job injury. This is true in situations involving repetitive motion injuries, as well.

If you are hoping to recover compensation to cover the costs of your workplace injury, one of the repetitive motion injuries lawyers at Morgan and Morgan can help. Our firm has successfully represented accident and injury victims for over three decades.

Do not manage the financial and personal damage from your on-the-job injury alone. Reach out to our firm by completing the contact form online. We will happily schedule a free legal case evaluation to discuss the facts of your claim.

Explaining Repetitive Motion Injuries

“Repetitive motion injuries” is the term for any type of physical damage resulting from movements the victim engages in repeatedly. There are many names for these injuries, such as:

  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Cumulative trauma 
  • Overuse injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries

No matter what the damage is called, repetitive motion can cause injury. These injuries can result in several different medical conditions and issues. Some of the most common examples include:

  • Tendinitis
  • Trigger finger
  • Dystonia
  • Nerve entrapment disorders
  • Radial tunnel syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Lower back discomfort

Because repetitive motion can cause injury, victims may experience many different symptoms from this type of cumulative damage. However, symptoms may be subtle as the injury develops.

As the physical damage becomes more significant, the person may experience symptoms more frequently. Some of the most typical physical symptoms from a repetitive motion injury are:

  • Numbness
  • Lasting pain and tenderness
  • Acute pain
  • Tingling
  • Loss of flexibility
  • Loss of range of motion

Without proper medical treatment, the symptoms from a repetitive motion injury may worsen. In some severe cases, the injured worker may require surgery to adequately address the physical damage.
Repetitive motion injuries can cause employees to be unable to perform their normal job functions. This can exacerbate the financial difficulties that arise from an injury.

Fortunately, many injured employees are entitled to earned benefits through workers’ compensation insurance coverage. While there are some exceptions to this requirement, most workers can pursue this type of financial recovery in the wake of an on-the-job injury.

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  • What Are Common Causes of Repetitive Motion Injuries?

    This type of injury is typically associated with work done on a computer. Many jobs require employees to use a computer, mouse, keyboard, or touchscreen. 

    Because of this, it is unsurprising that repetitive motion injuries from computers are common. However, computer use is not the only type of work that can result in these injuries.

    Many circumstances make repetitive motion injuries more likely. Anytime an employee repeats an unnatural motion for many hours each day, they risk damage to their bones and soft tissue.

    For instance, employees who work on assembly lines may be required to stretch or bend constantly. Over time, this type of movement can damage the person’s arms, back, or neck. 

    If you believe you are suffering from the early signs of a repetitive motion injury, it is critical to speak with a medical professional. Securing appropriate care and treatment as soon as possible can help you avoid the worst outcomes in your case.

    Some of the repetitive behaviors that can result in injuries include:

    • Holding awkward postures
    • Using equipment or machinery that vibrates
    • Standing or holding certain postures for hours
    • Using poorly designed machinery or equipment
    • Engaging in forceful, repetitive movements
    • Lifting, pushing, or pulling heavy objects
    • Lifting or moving awkwardly shaped objects

    Although repetitive motion injuries are primarily associated with computer-based labor, workers in many different industries are at risk. Aside from computer-based work, some of the positions that can result in these injuries include:

    • Plumbers and pipefitters
    • Cashiers and customer service providers
    • Healthcare workers
    • Housekeepers and janitorial employees
    • Meat packers and processors
    • Retail store clerks
    • Firefighters
    • Construction industry employees
    • Agricultural and farm workers
    • Auto mechanics
    • Truck drivers, cab drivers, and bus drivers
    • Delivery workers

    If you work in one of these positions and are experiencing symptoms from a repetitive motion injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Speak with a skilled tort attorney at the firm of Morgan and Morgan to explore your options.

    Your eligibility for benefits will depend on many factors in your case. Our skilled workers’ compensation attorneys will help you determine the most effective way to pursue the earned benefits that you deserve.

  • How Can I Pursue Workers’ Compensation Benefits for a Repetitive Motion Injury?

    When you have experienced an injury as a result of your job, you may be uncertain about what steps to take. With very few exceptions, U.S. employers are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance to help injured employees recover financially.

    Detecting a repetitive motion injury can be difficult since the symptoms may appear slowly over time. As soon as you become aware that you are experiencing the signs of an injury, take the following actions:

    Report the Injury to Your Supervisor

    In almost every state in the country, injured workers must report their condition to their employer. You must take this step before officially pursuing workers’ compensation benefits.

    The requirement for when you must report your injury varies by state. Speak with a skilled legal professional to determine the deadline in your area.

    Oftentimes, injured employees are required to report the condition to their manager or supervisor within 30 days. However, some states allow less time to report injuries.

    Regardless of the deadline, it is critical to inform your employer of your injury as soon as possible. Waiting too long could cause your employer or their insurance provider to be skeptical of your claim. 

    The sooner you file your workers’ compensation claim, the quicker you will receive the benefits you deserve. One of the workers’ compensation attorneys at Morgan and Morgan will gladly walk you through the application process in your state.

    Seek Medical Care

    After reporting your injury, make sure to pursue a medical examination. This is important for multiple reasons.

    First, seeking medical care gives you the best chance of fully recovering from your repetitive motion injury. Second, a medical exam can help to prove that your cumulative trauma injury was related to your job function.

    You should never push through any discomfort or downplay the severity of your symptoms. Doing so can delay or undermine the resulting workers’ compensation claim.

    Different states have outlined rules for how injured workers should seek medical care. Many states allow workers’ compensation applicants to seek care anywhere they choose. Other states require workers to visit a physician of their employer’s choosing.

    Make sure to follow the rules for your state's workers’ compensation process. If you have questions regarding where to pursue medical care, speak with an attorney familiar with the workers’ compensation application process.

    Filing a Claim

    When you report your repetitive motion injury to your employer, they should provide you with any necessary paperwork. In most cases, the company will submit this paperwork to their insurance provider after you fill it out.

    In some states, injured workers must also apply through the workers’ compensation benefits agency. To determine the required paperwork in your state, speak with one of the experts at Morgan and Morgan.

    Investigation of Your Claim

    After you apply for earned benefits, the insurance provider will investigate your claim. The company must either approve or deny your claim for benefits within a certain time limit.

    If your claim is denied, you can appeal the decision. With the help of a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney, you can file an appeal to recover the benefits to which your labor entitles you.

  • How Will a Repetitive Motion Injuries Lawyer Help Me?

    Pursuing workers’ compensation benefits involves many complex requirements. Without the help of a knowledgeable legal professional, many injury victims forego the payments they need. 

    When you hire one of the accomplished attorneys at Morgan and Morgan, we will help you apply for benefits or appeal a denied claim. Our workers’ compensation lawyers will oversee the following elements of your case:

    • Drafting and filing required workers’ compensation paperwork
    • Speaking with qualified medical professionals
    • Consulting with expert witnesses and specialists
    • Collecting evidence to tie your injury to your occupation
    • Gathering relevant medical records
    • Negotiating effectively on your behalf
    • Walking you through the workers’ comp appeals process

    While workers’ compensation applications take the place of personal injury claims in most cases, you may be able to file a third-party lawsuit. This is especially true if someone other than your employer bears responsibility for your injury.

    Regardless of the circumstances of your workplace injuries, reach out to the compassionate legal team at Morgan and Morgan. We will work tirelessly to recover the financial compensation that you need.

  • What Expenses Do Workers’ Compensation Benefits Cover?

    Workers’ compensation benefit payments are intended to cover the victim’s direct monetary losses. Some of the most common costs that these earned benefits compensate for include:

    • Lost wages and income from missing work
    • Anticipated future care and treatment expenses
    • Related past and current medical care costs
    • Temporary or permanent disability

    Unlike other tort claims, injured employees cannot recover damages for personal or emotional losses. Workers’ compensation does not cover the following:

    • Pain and suffering
    • Emotional anguish and distress
    • Anxiety, panic, and depression
    • Loss of quality of life

    To determine the value of your workers’ compensation claim, reach out to a knowledgeable repetitive motion injury attorney. You should not be saddled with the costs of an injury that resulted from your labor. 

  • Morgan and Morgan Will Fight for You

    Contact America's largest tort law firm when you need legal guidance in recovering workers’ compensation benefits. The repetitive motion injury lawyers at Morgan and Morgan know what it takes to recover earned benefits for our clients.

    We will work diligently for you whether you need application guidance or help to appeal a denial. Schedule a free case evaluation by completing the simple contact form on our firm’s website today. The team at Morgan and Morgan is on your side.

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