Can I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim for a Repetitive Stress Injury?

Although many work-related accidents are caused by sudden falls or defective parts malfunctioning, some can slowly develop over a period of time. A repetitive strain injury (RSI), also known as a repetitive stress or repetitive motion injury, is a gradual damage to nerves, tendons, and muscles, from repeated or prolonged motion. If left untreated, this type of injury can result in long-lasting and even permanent medical issues. RSIs can occur in various industries or work environments, and they can limit an employee’s ability to perform everyday activities. Filing a workers’ compensation claim can provide benefits to alleviate the financial burden caused by workplace injury in Tennessee. 

Physical Occupations 

There are many jobs that require repetitive motions regardless if they are in an office or a warehouse. RSIs are common and may be caused by different types of job duties, including:

  • Typing and using a mouse on a computer
  • Working at a grocery store (scanning items at checkout or stocking products on shelves) 
  • Grasping and maneuvering tools
  • Assembling products on a production line

A few of the most common conditions that result from RSIs include carpal tunnel syndrome, Bursitis, and rotator cuff tendonitis. Treatment for these can range from surgery to wearing braces to physical and occupational therapy. 

Signs and Symptoms of RSIs 

It is important to recognize certain symptoms of RSIs and not dismiss them as minor irritations. The signs that someone may be suffering from a condition caused by repetitive motion are:

  • Pain/throbbing
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Numbness or tingling sensation
  • Weakness
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold

Employers in Tennessee that have five or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation in the event their workers are hurt on the job. Depending on the severity of the injury, a person may qualify for temporary or permanent disability payments. Alternatively, an injured person may receive one lump sum settlement to cover his or her medical expenses. In regard to RSIs, companies must give employees periodic break times to rest their body parts. In addition, the workplace should have safety and protective gear to prevent injuries, as well as ergonomic chairs and desks. 

Contact a Tennessee Workplace Injury Attorney

Different occupations carry certain risks of injury. For some employees, repetitive motion can lead to serious medical conditions. If you or your loved one is suffering due to an RSI or RMI, you may be facing mounting medical bills from surgeries or physical therapy, in addition to lost wages if you are unable to work. Knowledgeable Chattanooga workers’ compensation lawyers from Warren & Griffin, P.C. are prepared to take on your case and help you achieve a positive outcome. Call our office today at 423-265-4878 to schedule a private consultation. We are available 24/7.