Not all injuries at work are caused by an accident like falling off of a roof or ladder or being crushed by a piece of heavy machinery. Some on-the-job injuries are caused by repeated stress on the body and take time to develop. Here’s what you need to know about repetitive stress injuries and how to get legal help after a work injury.
What Is a Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI)?
A repetitive stress injury, or RSI, is a type of injury caused by repeated strain on a specific part of the body. Repetitive stress injuries can occur just about anywhere on the body depending on the job and the type of strain involved. However, the most common types of repetitive stress injuries include lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tennis elbow, bursitis, rotator cuff syndrome, and other painful medical conditions.
Symptoms of RSI
Symptoms of a repetitive stress injury can range from mild to severe, such as:
- Pain and discomfort in a specific area of the body, often a joint, which can be aching, stabbing, throbbing, hot or cold, and may even come and go
- Numbness or tingling in an area of the body that seems to “shoot” or travel down the body
- Loss of coordination
- Weakness or inability to bear the weight
- Reduced flexibility and range of motion i9n the affected area of the body
Over-the-counter treatments such as analgesics, hot and cold therapy, massage, and other non-invasive options can help bring temporary relief, however, pain and discomfort caused by an RSI usually continue as long as the repetitive strain does.
Who Is at Risk for Repetitive Stress Injuries?
Individuals at the highest risk for repetitive stress injuries include but are not limited to those in jobs that require frequent computer use and lifting. Other people who are at risk include those who are subjected to a repetitive motion on the job, such as grocery checkout clerks, musicians, housekeepers and janitors, and bus or taxi drivers.
Injured on the Job? How a Florida Workers’ Comp Attorney Can Help
If you were hurt in an accident or as a result of repetitive stress at work, you may be eligible for financial compensation in the form of medical benefits and replacement for lost wages. However, filing a workers’ comp claim for a repetitive stress injury can be complex, and the chances of your application being initially denied are high.
Contact Florida workers’ comp lawyer Marshall Adler today for a consultation at 407-648-5523.