Repetitive Motion Injury at Work in Georgia
Performing the same physical task over and over can certainly help improve proficiency – but can be equally damaging to the tendons and ligaments involved in the movement, resulting in a repetitive motion injury at work. These injuries, also called repetitive stress injuries (RSI), can occur in a number of ways, and may manifest as any of the following conditions:
- Edema (swelling)
- Carpal or cubital tunnel syndrome
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Medial epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
Diagnosing an RSI can be somewhat difficult, as imaging tools are not always useful in detecting these types of injuries. And if left untreated, an RSI can render an employee totally disabled and unable to return to work. Georgia provides recourse for workers injured on the job through the workers’ compensation system. It provides medical treatment benefits as well as disability benefits to replace lost wages and account for permanent impairment.
But it is not uncommon for injured workers to face an uphill battle in seeking workers’ compensation. John Morrison is a workplace injury attorney who can help advocate for any worker enduring the effects of an RSI – and will help secure adequate and fair compensation.
Challenges in Workers’ Compensation Cases Involving RSIs
An RSI may not result from a singular event like a fall from a ladder or being struck by a falling object. Rather, these injuries develop over months or years of repetitive work. Workers in various industries are at risk of these injuries given the nature of their job tasks.
- Assembly line workers
- And any other employee who performs repetitive tasks.
Unfortunately, some employers and their workers’ compensation insurers make it difficult for workers to get compensation for RSIs. As there was no single event that caused the injury, they may argue that the injury is not work-related because of a lack of evidence. They may claim that an employee suffered the injury because of exposures in his or her personal life.
Some employees also run into problems proving the severity of their injuries. An employer-chosen doctor may claim that the RSI does not prevent the worker from performing work-related tasks and does not cause any permanent impairment.
If you find yourself facing challenges such as these, work with us at the Law Offices of John Morrison to collect the right evidence that refutes any false claims or allegations made by the employer or an insurance company. We can help you request a second opinion from an independent doctor who can evaluate your injury and its effects on your ability to work. We can also gather evidence that connects your injury to repetitive motions that you perform as part of your everyday job tasks.
Contact the Law Offices of John Morrison today!
For help getting workers’ compensation if you suffered a repetitive motion injury in Georgia, contact attorney John Morrison right away. Call us at 770-951-8900.