Chicago Workers' Compensation & Repetitive Trauma Injury Lawyers
Repetitive Trauma Injuries
Most Illinois workers' compensation claims involve an injury that occurred during a specific event. For instance, a back problem that happened picking up something heavy, an item that fell on someone's head, or a car accident are all single events that may create an injury. But, just as an occupational disease is an injury that slowly occurs over time, there are other types of injuries that may also happen gradually. These are called repetitive stress or trauma disorders.
Think of a factory worker that pulls a machine lever, an assembly line worker who attaches doors to cars, or a warehouse worker that puts boxes on the shelf over and over all day long, every day. There are a great many construction and mechanical jobs that involve repetitive actions such as these, as well. But it's not just those kinds of jobs that lead to repetitive motion disorders (RMD) or repetitive stress disorders (RSD). Regular office workers often are also at risk. Those who type or perform keyboard work, those who drive for a living, and those who answer phones are all involved in repeat movements that over time may cause injury.
Repeated motions such as these can put a strain on the spine, joints, muscles, tendons, and other parts of the human body. Just like your shoes, repeated wear will eventually cause a break-down and require repair. Of course, it's much easier to fix your shoes than your body. If surgery is even an option, it costs a lot of money to heal and a great deal of pain may be involved. For that reason, workers' compensation law allows workers to file a claim with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission for monetary benefits and in some cases, vocational rehabilitation.
Some of The Most Common Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Vision and hearing loss
- Rotary cuff injury
- Back and spine injury
- De Quervain's disease
- Elbow, knee, and joint injury
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Herniated and bulging disks
- Nerve compression
Speak with our Chicago Repetitive Trauma Injury Attorneys
Such injuries are often more challenging and complex to prove than single event injuries. The Chicago work injury lawyers affiliated with Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC have successfully helped such clients for over 25 years. Call us at (800) 996-4824 for free information today.