Repetitive stress injuries (RSI) can happen at almost every workplace in Georgia. You may work in construction, a classroom, office, or a factory, there’s always a risk. If you or a loved one has suffered a repetitive stress injury in a Georgia workplace, you may have the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
What is RSI?
Repetitive stress injuries, referred to as RSI, is one of the fastest growing work-related injuries in Georgia and throughout the United States. RSI develop over a period of time and if not treated, can become an extremely painful and debilitating condition that could, eventually take away your ability to tend to the activities of daily living.
In the early stages of a repetitive stress injury you may not even notice any symptoms, or you only feel them occasionally such as when you are holding a position or performing a particular motion.
However, with the passage of time, your symptoms will become worse which can lead to chronic pain.
What Are the Types of Repetitive Stress Injuries in Georgia?
There are literally hundreds of types of repetitive stress injuries that you can be afflicted with that affect many different parts of your body. They include:
- Nerve Entrapment Disorders of Various Types
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Trigger Finger
- Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome
Can I File A Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claim for A Repetitive Stress Injury?
There may be some challenges involved in receiving benefits for a repetitive stress injury because your condition will develop over a period of time, rather than happening all at once.
Repetitive stress injuries are routinely denied by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company. You may want to hire an experienced Georgia workers’ compensation lawyer to officially begin your claim.
You will have the burden of proving that your repetitive stress injury was caused by work and not another activity. Repetitive stress injuries can be expensive and your Georgia employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company will work hard to pay you as little as they can or paying the claim at all.
What Are Georgia Workers’ Compensation Disability Benefits?
The truth is, our human bodies don’t like repetitive motions, nor does it like to have to hold certain positions for a long period of time. Your joints and muscles need to move to stay healthy.
If your Georgia physician determines that you have a permanent partial disability due to your repetitive stress injury you may be eligible for additional benefits through the Georgia workers’ compensation program that pays for unscheduled and scheduled losses.
Georgia’s workers’ compensation benefits could also include temporary benefits if you can’t work for more than seven days, and if you are found to have a permanent and total disability, you can receive weekly payments for the rest of your life.
If you or a loved one has experienced a repetitive stress injury at your Georgia place of employment, you should consult with the workers’ compensation lawyers at The Gearhart Law Group so we can assist you through the correct legal process and help you obtain proper medical treatment for your injury. Our Georgia workers’ compensation lawyers will assist you with filing all the necessary paperwork and communicate with your employer’s insurance company.