If you work in manual labor and you take repetitive actions, you may find that you make the same physical actions or engage in the same types of movements hundreds of times per day. It may be that you are a gardener and find that your shoulders and arms get sore after a long day working. Perhaps you are a baggage handler who is suffering from a bad back due to repetitive lifting. If you are suffering pain or have injured yourself due to actions you have taken at work, you may be suffering from a repetitive strain injury (RSI).
An RSI will likely not get better if you continue to take the same physical actions that caused it. This is why you should consider gaining medical attention and taking some time off so that you can fully recover. The following is an overview of how RSIs are caused and how workers’ compensation could help you with any financial damages that you suffer as a result.
What are the symptoms of an RSI?
RSIs frequently affect the wrists and hands, forearms and elbows, or neck and shoulders. They are heavily associated with jobs that involve physical activity. For example, factory and construction workers who engage in repetitive activities can suffer from RSIs. However, almost any worker can suffer from such an injury. Desk workers who use a phone for long amounts of time may suffer from an RSI in one arm, for example.
How can workers’ compensation help me recover financially?
Suffering from an RSI will undoubtedly lead to a person needing to seek medical attention. This will cost money, and, additionally, they will likely suffer from lost wages while they take time off work to recover. While financial damages will likely be caused as a result of a work-related RSI, workers’ compensation may help these damages to be regained. To successfully claim workers’ compensation, you must alert your employer as soon as possible regarding the onset of your work-related injury.
If you have suffered an RSI and you are not sure how to claim the workers’ compensation that you deserve, it is important that you take the time to understand more about the laws in place to protect you.