Millions of people suffer
workplace injuries every year. Although a large portion of these injuries occurs as a result
of a single traumatic event, such as a fall or a machinery accident, many
work-related injuries develop gradually over an extended period of time.
These types of injuries are known as repetitive stress injuries or repetitive
strain injuries (RSIs).
Since more and more jobs involve computers, RSIs have become commonplace
in today’s workforce. Spending hours a day typing and working on
the computer can place stress on muscles and tendons in the hands, wrists,
and arms, often resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), bursitis, and
Furthermore, workers who perform physical labor are also at risk of developing
RSIs. Constant bending, lifting, and even standing for long hours at a
time can wear the body down.
Fortunately, repetitive stress injuries may qualify for benefits under
the Texas workers’ compensation system. In order to receive workers’
comp benefits, employees must make a timely incident report to their human
resources department and/or to their company’s insurance carrier
to begin the claims process. Workers may need to undergo an Independent
Medical Examination by a doctor chosen by the workers’ comp insurers.
If the RSIs are not considered preexisting and are related to the physical
activity on the workplace, employees can receive benefits such as medical
treatment payment, weekly compensation benefits, permanent impairment
benefits, and vocational rehabilitation.
However, nearly half of workers who obtained a settlement or award for
RSIs received an initial denial of their claims. Simply put, denials of
these types of claims are not uncommon. Since these injuries develop slowly
over time, it can be more difficult to prove that the injury was caused by work.
Keep in mind, getting your claim denied is not the end. Hiring a lawyer
can increase your chances of obtaining a large settlement and award.
Law Office of James M. Stanley, our Fort Worth workers’ compensation attorney can help develop
a strong case to obtain the benefits you deserve. Throughout the claims
process, we can protect your right and best interests and help you avoid
the pitfalls of the claims process.
For more information,
contact us and schedule a free consultation today.