Workers in any type of job could suffer an injury as a result of their job requirements. Sometimes, an injury may happen because of a one-time accident, and sometimes, a problem can develop over time. This is a repetitive strain injury, and it can impact individuals in virtually any field. If you have an RSI because of your job, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Many Illinois workers are unaware that they can get support through their employer’s insurance because of an injury related to stress or overuse. These injuries can be painful and debilitating, and you may need to take time off work or adjust your job duties to get better. Medical attention, rehabilitation or even surgery may be necessary. You deserve support to help you get better and move forward.
Types of repetitive strain injuries
These types of injuries typically develop over time when a person repeats the same task over and over. For example, a person who types for several hours per day may develop strain injuries in the hands or wrists. Someone who lifts heavy objects repeatedly may develop a repetitive stress injury in the back. Over time, these injuries can impact the ability to continue with those tasks and meet the requirements of the job. Examples of RSIs include:
- Carpal tunnel
- Trigger finger
- Ganglion cyst
- Tennis elbow
Some of the most common side effects of these injuries include pain, tingling, loss of movement, mobility issues and more. It is easy to underestimate the impact of RSIs because there is often no outward sign of a problem. You may need to take regular breaks, seek a doctor’s help, go to therapy, and take other steps to reduce your pain and improve your condition.
Should you file a claim?
If you need medical attention for your repetitive stress injury caused by your job, you could have grounds to pursue benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. You have the right to seek the maximum amount of benefits available to you and fight for what you need to get better, even if your injury is not visible or severe. Because the insurance claims process can be complex and lengthy, you may find it helpful to seek legal assistance as you complete paperwork and handle any complications that may arise.