Bloomingdale Personal Injury AttorneyWork-related injuries can happen in any profession. Construction jobs and other professions involving manual labor are typically thought of as the most dangerous types of jobs. However, even someone working at a computer in an office chair may suffer a work injury.

Many work-related injuries are caused by sudden accidents. However, some injuries occur over time. These are called cumulative trauma injuries or repetitive stress injuries. Examples of cumulative trauma injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and bursitis.

Cumulative trauma injuries often happen to workers who perform the same type of motion over and over again during their shifts. For example, someone who types all day may develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Or someone who works on an assembly line and twists his or her body the same way to reach for tools may suffer from tendonitis.

If you have suffered a cumulative trauma injury at work, you may be wondering if you can recover compensation through workers’ compensation. Read on to learn more.

Repetitive Stress Injuries and Workers’ Compensation in Illinois

In Illinois, workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. This means that you do not need to prove that your employer was at fault for your injury in order to recover benefits.

To receive workers’ compensation benefits for a cumulative trauma injury, you must be able to show that:

  • Your injury was caused by your job

  • Your injury occurred while you were performing work duties

  • You notified your employer of the injury within 45 days

If you meet these requirements, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can include:

  • Medical expenses related to your injury

  • Lost wages if you are unable to work

  • Vocational rehabilitation if your injury prevents you from returning to your previous job

Challenges with Repetitive Stress Injuries

One of the challenges with cumulative trauma injuries is that it can be difficult to determine when the injury actually occurred. For example, if you have worked at your job for 10 years and suddenly develop carpal tunnel syndrome, it may be hard to say for sure that the symptoms are work-related.

Additionally, some employers may try to downplay the severity of cumulative trauma injuries. They may argue that the injury is not work-related or that it is a pre-existing condition.

If you are having difficulty getting workers’ compensation benefits for a cumulative trauma injury, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney. A lawyer can help you gather evidence to support your claim and fight for the benefits you deserve.

Contact a Wheaton Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

DuPage County workers’ compensation attorney David W. Clark can help you navigate the workers’ compensation claims process. Call Law Offices of David W. Clark, P.C. at 630-665-5678 for a free consultation to learn more.

 

Source:

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/risk-management/pages/common-office-hazards.aspx

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David Clark

David W. Clark is the founder and owner of the Law Offices of David W. Clark, P.C., in Wheaton, Illinois. As a sole practitioner in the firm, Mr. Clark has extensive knowledge in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation, and limited scope…

David W. Clark is the founder and owner of the Law Offices of David W. Clark, P.C., in Wheaton, Illinois. As a sole practitioner in the firm, Mr. Clark has extensive knowledge in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation, and limited scope representation/pro se help. With more than 20 years of legal experience devoted to personal injury law and those who have been injured in the workplace, Mr. Clark is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Illinois, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.