On its face, it doesn’t seem likely that someone working at a desk all day would be at risk of experiencing a workplace injury, but it is extremely common. In fact, repetitive stress injuries (RSI) now comprise the largest percentage of all workers’ compensation cases. Thousands of professional employees suffer various stress-related or repetitive injuries every year in California and across the United States. Accident Recovery Legal Center has handled many of these cases and is eager to help you with yours.
A repetitive injury (RSI) is one that occurs as a result of daily, repeated movement or tasks. Common examples of RSIs include, but are not limited to:
Unlike other workplace injuries that occur in a moment, RSIs develop over time. So, when do you report a RSI? You should report an injury of this nature as soon as it becomes apparent or you receive a diagnosis from a healthcare professional. For example, say you have been experiencing hand cramps and wrist pain for some time but have ignored it. Finally, it becomes so painful and distracting that you visit your doctor. She diagnoses you with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. At this point, you would file a report with your employer.
Hopefully, your employer will cooperate fully with you and ensure that the workers’ compensation process moves quickly and correctly. In the likely event this doesn’t happen, you should seriously consider hiring an experienced lawyer. We can help you navigate the complex system and file a formal complaint with the appropriate agency to address why you aren’t receiving the benefits to which you are entitled. If necessary, we will represent you in court and sue your employer for civil damages.