Repetitive Motion Injuries
Work injuries do not always happen in the blink of eye. Sometimes they occur over the course of days, weeks, months, or even years. When workers perform the same physical movement over and over and over, they put significant strain on their body. When the body can no longer tolerate that strain, a repetitive motion injury is the result. These types of injuries are covered by workers’ compensation. Our work injury attorneys can help you seek medical treatment and financial compensation.
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Reporting Repetitive Motion Injuries
It’s important to notify your employer immediately if you are experiencing pain or discomfort when performing tasks you routinely perform. After the pain and discomfort is reported, you should see a doctor for a diagnosis. Once the repetitive motion injury is reported, the injury would be treated the same as any other workplace injury. If your company requires you to submit a specific form reporting your injury, be sure to keep a copy of the form for yourself.
Opening a Repetitive Motion Injury Claim
The claims process for repetitive motion injuries is the same as for any other work injury. You will need to fill out a Workers’ Compensation Claim Form (DWC-1) & Notice of Potential Eligibility form and submit it to your employer. Only fill out the sections designated for employees and be sure to be as accurate and detailed as possible. Remember to keep a copy of the DWC-1 for yourself.
When your employer receives your DWC-1, they will complete their portion of the form and submit your workers’ compensation claim. If you don’t receive a copy of the completed DWC-1, be sure to request it from your employer. When the workers’ compensation insurance claim is submitted, you will be allowed to seek appropriate medical treatment for up to $10,000. You will receive a notification as to whether or not your claim was accepted or rejected. If accepted, you’ll continue to treat your injury. If rejected, you will need to go through the workers’ compensation appeals process.
Our Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Help
Work comp claims for repetitive motion injuries face more hurdles than claims for other work injuries. Insurance companies may argue that the injuries are minor or that they did not occur because of work activities. An experienced workers’ compensation law firm can help you file a successful claim and fight unjust claim denials. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth can help workers who have developed repetitive motion injuries seek