Understanding Repetitive Motion Injuries in Workers’ Compensation Claims

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When we think about workers’ compensation claims, we tend to conjure up dramatic accidents on the job, and these happen far too often. It’s important to also recognize that other kinds of injuries aren’t associated with accidents at all, but are the result of work-related repetitive motion. These injuries are often excruciatingly painful and can be debilitating. They don’t, however, happen in one dramatic event – but are instead the result of a buildup of damage that can make your claim more difficult to prove. If you’re the victim of a repetitive motion injury, you need an experienced Georgia workers’ comp attorney in your corner.

Repetitive Motion Injuries

While performing the same task for the same job over and over again for many, many years can certainly make you good at your job, it can also lead to painful and debilitating repetitive motion injuries (RMIs). These RMIs are generally caused by damage to the tendons and ligaments in the affected area, and they often manifest in the following ways:

  • Edema (swelling)
  • Tendinosis and/or tendinitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow

Because there are limitations regarding how well and how accurately medical testing can identify and evaluate these injuries, and because they are not caused by a specific accident that directly connects them to work, obtaining just compensation can be a journey.

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Those Who Are Commonly Affected

While nearly anyone in any position can be affected by an RMI, those who do the same tasks over and over again are at the greatest risk, including those who work in the following types of occupations:

  • Factory work and other industrial occupations
  • Construction work
  • Office jobs that focus on computer work
  • Grocery store cashiers
  • Painters

The list can go on. If you believe you may be suffering from a job-related RMI, it’s time to seek medical attention and consult with an experienced Georgia workers’ compensation attorney.

Reach out to an Experienced Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

Repetitive motion injuries are often as painful as they are physically debilitating, which makes reaching out for the legal guidance you need critical.  The accomplished workers’ compensation attorneys at Gearhart Law – proudly serving both Atlanta and Roswell – have reserves of impressive experience helping clients like you prevail with settlements that cover their full range of damages and allow them to continue moving forward toward recovery. To learn more, please don’t wait to contact or call us at 404-445-3960 today.

FAQ

Can’t I wait and see if I need a workers’ comp attorney?

Having an attorney on your side from the outset is the best way to protect your claim.

What can I do to specifically protect my claim?

As soon as you suspect an RMI, seek medical attention and consult with a dedicated workers’ compensation attorney.

When do I need to see a doctor?

If you think that you might be experiencing an RMI, it’s time to consult with your doctor. If you’re having actual pain, do not wait any longer to make that appointment.

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