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Do Repetitive Stress Injuries Qualify for Workers' Compensation?

The short answer is yes. Any injury inflicted in your workplace regardless of fault can qualify for workers’ compensation. However, because these injuries are not caused in one moment, things can get tricky when you go to file your claim. The attorneys at Jenkins Utley, P.C. have experience dealing with complicated cases such as these. Here’s a quick run-down of workers’ comp and repetitive stress injuries based on our experience.

What is a Repetitive Stress Injury?

A repetitive stress injury is one caused by continually performing the same task over and over again, thus wearing out or putting stress on a specific part of the body. They can be caused by labor-intensive jobs and office jobs alike. Any movement — small or large — repeated enough times can result in undue wear on joints and tendons, eventually causing injury.

Examples of repetitive stress injuries:

  • Rotator Cuff Tears: Tears in the connective tissue around the shoulder joint
  • Tendonitis: Inflammation of a tendon
  • Tenosynovitis: Inflammation of a tendon sheath
  • Epicondylitis: Inflammation of tendons where they connect to the bone
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Affects blood vessels and nerves in the shoulder and neck
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Compression of the median nerve at the wrist
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: Compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow

What Makes this Sort of Injury and Case Different?

Repetitive stress injuries occur over long periods of time, often from performing innocuous tasks. When the same task is performed repeatedly, it wears down the body more quickly than it would normally. Because there is not one incident, say a fall or a machinery malfunction, that has caused your rotator cuff tear or carpal tunnel syndrome, it can be hard to prove that it was in fact a workplace injury.

Workers’ compensation claims for these types of injuries are more likely to be disputed by the employer and insurance company. It is up to the victim and their legal team to prove that the injury was a result of actions performed at work and not outside. Having medical testimony and experienced attorneys help greatly with this task.

Who Should I Contact?

Call a legal team with experience handling workers’ compensation claims, like the attorneys at Jenkins Utley, P.C. in Atlanta. Think your injury is the result of performing your job on a daily basis? Call us at (404) 334-3013 or fill out our online contact form today.