A lot of jobs require you to perform the same tasks day in and day out, and if those tasks require repetitive or stressful motions, certain areas of your body can become prone to injury over time. For example, an assembly line worker may develop carpal tunnel or arthritis from repetitive motions performing the same tasks every day, or a packaging specialist may develop a back injury from regularly bending over.
Although it may seem clear to you and I that your work duties contributed to your injury, the insurance company may have another view, especially when there isn’t an acute moment of injury. Below, we explain how to handle a repetitive motion injury to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Documenting Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries come in many different forms. For example, you can herniate a spinal disc if you’re regularly required to bend over, or you could develop a hernia from a job that involves a lot of lifting. These injuries typically have a moment of injury or pain where you know something is wrong, but other repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel or arthritis are slow-acting and develop over years of motion. Regardless of which type of repetitive stress contributed to your injury, the two most important things you’ll want to do are seek out a lawyer and get an independent medical exam.
When finding a lawyer, ask about their experience handling repetitive stress claims. Dean and his team at Margolis Law Firm have a wealth of experience winning repetitive stress cases, and we can do the same for you. We’re great at putting together a case that clearly shows that your injuries are a direct result of the tasks you’ve been asked to perform at your job. A lawyer can also point you in the right direction when it comes to finding a trustworthy medical opinion.
It’s very important to find a doctor you can trust if you are pursuing a repetitive stress claim. Not only are you looking for a doctor to evaluate your injuries, but you’re also looking for a doctor who can clearly document how your injuries are related to your work activities. You’ll want to be open and honest about the type of work you perform and if certain actions caused discomfort or pain. The medical assessment and the doctor’s findings on how your injury may or may not relate to your work duties is likely the most key component to your injury claim, so don’t trust it to an overburdened doctor or one who doesn’t specialize in independent medical exams.
At Margolis Law Firm, we’ve worked with a number of doctors who we know do a fantastic and comprehensive job evaluating their patients and giving them the best chance at receiving compensation they rightfully deserve. We’d be more than happy to connect you with a doctor who can help get your case off on the right foot, and if you’d like, we can handle the rest from there.
Don’t just assume aches and pains are a normal part of getting older, especially if repetitive tasks are part of your everyday job. Even if you no longer work for that company, give our firm a call to see what we can do for you. To learn more about your options for a repetitive stress injury, reach out to Dean and the team at Margolis Law Firm today.