Are You at Risk for a Repetitive Stress Injury?

A repetitive stress injury (RSI) is a type of bodily injury that occurs from performing the same tasks or movements repetitiously over a period of time. RSIs are not new; they first started occurring in the early 1900s in manufacturing employees, as well as in telegraph operators. With the introduction of the personal computer in the 1980s, RSIs began to grow in office environments. Some of the more common RSIs most people are aware of are carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and bursitis. If your job duties involve performing the same movements over and over, you could potentially be at risk for an RSI. Fortunately, the majority of RSIs are covered under worker’s compensation, as long as the injury is work-related and the person who sustained the RSI was legally employed at the time of the injury. For instance, if you experience an RSI as a result of your daily lunchtime workouts, it would not normally be covered under worker’s compensation. On the other hand, if you developed sharp, burning sensations, shooting pain, or other signs of RSI in your shoulders from constantly lifting and moving boxes as part of your job, then it is very likely covered under worker’s compensation. In order to ensure forms and documentation are completed correctly, you might want to seek representation from a qualified worker’s comp lawyer when filing a claim. Your attorney will also be available to address any issues that might arise with your employer as a result of your worker’s compensation claim. For more information about RSIs, or to contact us for a free consultation appointment to discuss your worker’s compensation matter further, contact the law offices of Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD. by calling 312.422.0700.

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