Not all work injuries happen due to an accident or specific injury while on the job. Many employees have injuries that are caused by repetitive trauma over months or even years of doing certain movements while on the job. Since these cases do not involve a single event, they are more complex and may require that an employee prove that the injury was caused by the work they performed. A knowledgeable Illinois Worker’s Compensation attorney can help an employee get the compensation they deserve, including payment of medical bills, lost time benefits and even vocational retraining for their repetitive trauma injuiry.
If you have a repetitive trauma injury and have questions regarding your benefits or are having your benefits denied, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers for a free assessment of your situation with an attorney who can advise you of your rights under Illinois law.
Types Of Repetitive Trauma Or Stress Disorders Frequently Sustained By Illinois Workers
Many types of jobs, from office jobs to warehouse work, can cause repetitive trauma, also referred to as repetitive stress/motion disorders or RSD/RMD. When a similar motion is used over and over again, there can be strain on muscles, tendons and even damage to joints and skeletal structures like the spine. It is estimated that as many as 60% of all work injuries involved some type of repetitive trauma. Since these injuries generally occur over long periods of time, the damage can be severe and often can result in the employee no longer being able to perform their job. Types of RSD’s include:
- Carpal, cubital or tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Spinal or back injuries
- Knee, elbow or other joint injuries
- Nerve compression
- Hearing or vision loss
- Chronic pain
Many of these injuries can require surgery, extensive physical rehabilitation and even may result in permanent disability. Worker’s Compensation can cover the needed medical treatments and offer time loss benefits for temporary total disability or temporary partial disability. In some cases, workers may qualify to receive a lump sum for a permanent disability.
Jobs That Can Cause Repetitive Trauma
Almost any type of job can have result in a repetitive trauma injury or RSD, especially when employers do not provide the correct safety equipment to prevent these types of injuries. Even jobs that seem relatively safe, such as working at a desk or answering phones can still cause serious injuries for employees. Common jobs that cause RSD’s include:
- Computer or keyboard work
- Warehouse work
- Railroad workers
- Construction work
- Assembly line work
- Mechanical jobs
These injuries can slowly become worse over time or suddenly begin to show symptoms. Employees may begin to notice pain after only a few hours of work in their limbs, neck or back. They may start feeling numbness or tingling in certain areas of their body or notice that they have difficulty performing certain tasks. Often by the time they seek medical attention for their symptoms, there is already severe damage.
As soon as a worker realizes they may have a repetitive trauma injury, they should seek medical attention, inform their employer and consult an experienced Worker’s Compensation attorney. Having an attorney can ensure that they receive the maximum amount benefits that they have coming to them as well as fight for benefits if an employer tries to deny a claim.Why You May Need An Illinois Work Comp Law Firm To Win Your Repetitive Trauma Case?
In order to successfully obtain benefits for an Illinois Workers Compensation case, the employee has the burden of establishing that their injuries are causally related to their employment. While acute accidents, such a fall at a construction site or machine malfunction may be readily apparent, circumstances where an injury may develop over time at the job can be more difficult to prove and easier for an employer to dispute as the the injury could have developed from other non-work related factors.
Consequently, securing the representation of a workers compensation lawyer may provide you the best chance of a successful recovery of benefits for your injuries. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers appreciates the challenges cumulative trauma cases face and stands ready to work for you.
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