Can I Seek Compensation For Repetitive Stress Injuries in Maryland?

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If you’re like most people, you likely want to go to work, do your job, and go home. However, for some workers, this is not always the reality. For many workers, fulfilling their job duties can result in severe injuries that leave them debilitated, unable to continue working, and in extreme pain. If you or a loved one have suffered from repetitive stress injuries, you may assume that because of their nature, you may be unable to recover financial compensation. Keep reading to learn more about these injuries and why you should connect with Baltimore County workplace accident attorneys to explore your rights if this reflects your circumstances.

What Are Repetitive Stress Injuries?

For many people, continual overuse or strain of certain body parts causes an injury to develop slowly over time. In many instances, these repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) occur when muscles or tendons weaken over time because of microscopy tears that inflict the overused body part.

Unfortunately, many workers are impacted by these injuries as the duties of their job may require them to perform the same motions over and over again daily. Many assume that only those in manual labor jobs can suffer from RSIs. However, you may find that in many instances, activities from heavy lifting and using tools to scanning items or typing on a computer can invoke repetitive stress injuries. These injuries can cause numbness, tingling, weakness, or cramping before evolving into more serious conditions. Common RSI conditions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Trigger finger
  • Back sprains
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Tendinitis

Can I Fight for Workers’ Compensation for These Injuries?

Unfortunately, many assume that because these injuries were not caused by one singular event but accumulated over time they are ineligible to recover compensation. However, this is far from the truth. In reality, as long as you can prove that the duties you were assigned directly caused the injury, you can seek workers’s compensation.

Generally, if you begin to feel pain and believe it’s related to the job duties you must perform, you should keep a log of when the pain starts, the duties you’re performing, and how often you must do these tasks. This is not only important as it can help you provide valuable information for your healthcare provider about the nature of your injuries so they can adequately diagnose and treat you for these injuries.

Unfortunately, fighting for workers’ compensation can be challenging, as your employer may try to deny or dispute your claim. As such, it’s imperative to understand that it’s in your best interest to connect with an experienced attorney who can help you fight for the funds you deserve. At the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi, our dedicated legal team will do everything possible to assist you through these matters. Connect with us today to learn how we can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.

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