Workplace Accidents Vs. Repetitive Injuries
If you can no longer perform your work without pain — whether that work involves several hours of typing a day, a routine of bending and lifting heavy objects or just standing for extended periods of time — you may be suffering from the effects of a repetitive stress injury.
This type of problem is compensable under Missouri and Kansas workers’ compensation laws.
Repetitive stress injuries commonly occur in areas of the body such as the elbow, hand, wrist, forearm, back, knees and shoulders. The pain often progresses until it interferes with the employee’s ability to work or perform activities of daily living. Some well-known repetitive stress injuries include back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, ganglion cysts, bursitis and loss of hearing.
Repetitive motion injuries are distinguished from traumatic injuries, which are the result of a single, identifiable occurrence or accident that causes the immediate or near-immediate onset of the injury or of symptoms of pain.
Overland Park Attorney For Repetitive Stress Injuries
A repetitive stress injury is caused in the same way as an occupational illness or a disease. It develops over time from continued exposure to working duties or conditions. People generally receive this diagnosis from their primary physician or from a specialist.
An injury suffered as the result of a single workplace accident usually is a straightforward workers’ compensation case. An injury that results from repeating the same motion over and over, such as an assembly line repetitive injury, can be more challenging to prove.
Because such injuries develop over time, it is not uncommon for employers and workers’ compensation insurance carriers to deny such claims initially and force the employee to fight to obtain benefits. Pinpointing the exact date of onset and/or disability in these cases is critical to collecting full and fair workers’ compensation benefits.
A Long Record Of Success
At the law firm of Kelly Law Office, P.C., in Liberty, Missouri, our lawyers have successfully advocated for individuals in numerous workers’ compensation cases involving repetitive stress injuries.
We will aggressively advocate for your temporary wage loss benefits, your right to see specialists, coverage of necessary surgery or accommodations when you return to work and the maximum permanent disability award allowable.
No-Cost Legal Consultation About Your Next Steps
Call us at 816-760-2174 or email us to schedule a free consultation. One of our experienced lawyers will review your case and provide a straightforward assessment. We work with injured workers in metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri, as well as the residents of Kansas.