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Repetitive Stress Injuries
Many jobs require performing the same task over and over again. These repetitive actions can place stress or strain on a body part – wrist, back, shoulder, neck, knee, arm – over a period of time, which can result in injury. Employees often think that these gradual injuries and daily aches and pains are just part of doing their job. It doesn’t matter how gradually the pain develops, repetitive stress injuries are workplace injuries, entitling you to compensation. For over 40 years Jacoby and Meyers has provided the type of legal help injured employees in the New York City area need to recover their damages.
Types of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries, also called repetitive stress disorder (RSD), are one of the fastest growing types of workplace injuries. They include:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – swelling inside the tunnel in the wrist
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome – swelling of the nerve directly behind the elbow
- Tendinitis – overuse and tears in the tissues connecting the bones to muscle
- Tenosynovitis – inflammation of the lining of a sheath that surrounds a tendon
- Myofascial Damage – chronic pain in multiple pressure points
- Cervical Radiculopathy – compression of disks in the neck
- Epicondylitis – irritation or inflammation of the epicondyle or surrounding tissue, especially at the elbow
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – compression of nerves between the collarbone and first rib
The Kinds of Work Tasks that Can Lead to RSD
- Clicking on a Computer Mouse
- Assembly Line Work
- Sawing and Cutting
- Manning a Forklift
- Lifting Heavy Loads
- Supermarket Scanning
Winning Workers Compensation Disability Benefits
A repetitive stress injury is an occupational disease under Workers’ Compensation law. Our skilled and experienced workers’ compensation lawyers will help you seek the financial recovery you are entitled to. Working with medical experts we uncover and present evidence linking injuries to work related tasks. In the event the workers’ compensation assigned doctor has said you are ready to return to work, but you and your personal physician disagree, we can file court documents requesting continued treatment. Additionally, if your injury has resulted in a disability lasting more than 12 months, our legal team can also assist you with obtaining Social Security Disability benefits.
If you or a loved one has suffered a work related repetitive stress injury, contact our attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.