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Workers Compensation for Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are caused by repeated movements on the body that over time damage the muscles, nerves, and tendons. Also known as cumulative trauma or repetitive motion injury, RSI ranks sixth among occupational injuries in California by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

Common types of repetitive strain injuries that employees can suffer from are:

    • Tennis Elbow: This condition involves the inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow.
    • Bursitis: This refers to the inflammation of the bursae, tiny fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles near joints.
    • Guyon Canal Syndrome: This condition is characterized by the compression of the ulnar nerve at the wrist, leading to hand weakness and numbness.
    • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis: This condition causes pain and limited range of motion from irritated rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder.
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: This condition is characterized by numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and arm due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist.

Employers must have workers’ compensation insurance to cover these on-the-job injuries, but insurance companies and employers themselves can often create huge obstacles for employees to claim these rightful benefits.

With over 30 years of cumulative trauma experience, Thomas DeBenedetto & Associates Workers' Compensation Attorneys can help.

Employee Repetitive Strain Injuries

While working, many types of employees are at risk of sustaining injuries in commonly known areas.

    • Office workers – Neck, upper back, wrists, and hands
    • Assembly line workers – wrist, hands, shoulders,
    • Data entry professionals and computer programmers – neck, upper back, hands, wrists,
    • Warehouse workers – shoulders, lower back.
    • Administrative assistants – wrists, hands, neck, and upper back
    • Construction workers: Shoulders, knees, wrists and hands
    • Truck drivers: Lower back, neck, shoulders, hips and legs
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Qualifying for Workers' Compensationpetitive Strain Injuries

To get workers’ comp benefits for RSI, an injured worker must:

    1. Notify their employer about the RSI as soon as possible. You have 30 days in California to report your injury or risk losing your claim.
    2. Start a record of repetitive tasks, such as prolonged typing, operating machines, or packing as the reason for injury.
    3. Track how often and for how long the exposure to repetitive tasks existed.
    4. File a workers’ compensation claim.

Repetitive Motion Injury Benefits Covered by Workers Compensation

When you have established that repeated action from your job caused your injury, you are entitled to the following benefits provided by workers’ compensation in California:

    • Medical Care: To cover your treatments for your injury.
    • Temporary Disability Benefits: To compensate your wage loss as you recover and are not able to work.
    • Permanent Disability Benefits: In cases wherein your RSI turned into a permanent impairment, you are entitled to receive these type of benefits.
    • Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits: This benefit will help you seek new job opportunities when you cannot work.

Frequently Asked Questions about Repetitive Motion Injuries

If you experience a delayed or denied workers’ compensation claim for cumulative trauma, getting legal assistance from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney is essential.

The attorney will work to ensure that you receive the benefits that you are entitled to.

Learn more about dealing with delayed or denied workers’ comp claims

You are still qualified for workers’ compensation benefits if your job worsens your pre-existing Repetitive Strain Injury.

Document the progression of your Injury, see a medical professional, and consult with a worker’s comp lawyer on your injury.

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If you have been injured on the job due to RSI, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits in California. However, challenges often exist to getting all these benefits.

Thomas DeBenedetto & Associates Workers’ Compensation Attorneys are experienced in handling cumulative trauma cases. Whether you need help to begin the claims process or are being unfairly treated, our firm is ready to ensure that you receive all that you are rightfully entitled.

Please contact us for a free case review to discuss your repetitive motion injury.