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California’s workers’ compensation laws allow workers to seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other such compensable losses when they are injured as a result of work-related accidents. However, some workers in California don’t realize that workers’ compensation benefits are not solely available when they have sustained acute injuries, such as broken bones or concussions. It’s also possible to recover workers’ compensation benefits if injuries have developed due to performing repetitive motions over a long period of time.
Repetitive motion injuries come in a variety of forms. The specific type of repetitive motion injury someone might sustain will depend upon the nature of the motion that caused said an injury to develop. The best way to determine if you have developed such an injury is to seek treatment from a medical professional.
That said, there are some general symptoms that tend to be associated with repetitive motion injuries. They include the following:
This is among the most common symptoms of a repetitive motion injury. If you notice relatively constant or frequent pain, tenderness, or swelling that seems to affect a particular joint or muscle area, and you perform repetitive tasks at work that involve using this part of your body, there is a relatively strong chance that you have developed an injury. See a doctor learn more about your condition and what you can do to manage your pain.
Some repetitive motion injuries result in noticeable pain. Others may have what is essentially the opposite effect. In some instances, the affected part of the body becomes numb or begins to tingle. Even though this sensation (or, more accurately, lack of sensation) might not necessarily be as bothersome as pain, it still needs to be addressed by a doctor.
Performing the same repetitive motion nearly every single work day over the course of years can put a lot of stress on the body parts being used to perform the said motion. This can slowly weaken them.
Pay attention to any feelings of weakness in muscle areas or around joints that you tend to employ to perform your work duties. Seek medical attention right away if you notice these parts of your body appear to be weaker than they might have been in the past.
Remember, seeing a doctor is critical if you believe you have developed a repetitive motion injury. Getting treatment sooner rather than later can prevent your injury from worsening.
A doctor’s evaluation of your injury can also play an essential role in a workers’ compensation case. Although you may be owed workers’ compensation benefits, an insurance company will typically look for reasons to justify denying your claim.
Proving you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits because you have sustained a repetitive motion injury can be a complex task. To maximize your chances of recovering compensation, enlist the help of a Van Nuys repetitive motion injury attorney at the law firm of Koszdin, Fields & Sherry. Contact us online or call us at 818-812-5639 to schedule your free consultation.