Workers’ compensation laws protect workers who are injured by mandating that employers provide benefits if they are injured on the job or as a result of their work. Injuries that occur over extended periods of time due to a series of repetitious movements qualify for workers’ compensation, but it is much more difficult to prove that these injuries were the result of performing one’s duties. The Chicago Injury Center’s team of work injury lawyers specializes in representing injured workers throughout Illinois and has experience handling cases with companies that try to dodge their responsibilities by claiming that these types of injuries are not related to workers’ duties.
Forms of Injury Caused by Repetitive Motion on the Job
Injuries that are caused by repetitive motions often go unnoticed for many years until the onset of symptoms and can result in temporary or permanent disability. These injuries are classified as repetitive stress/motion disorders and may cause the following conditions.
- Injuries to the spine and back due to repeated strain over a long period.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome or tarsal tunnel syndrome.
- Hearing or vision loss.
- Severe or chronic pain at the site of the injury.
- Nerve compression or disorders.
Estimates have indicated that nearly six out of ten injuries that occur in the workplace are the result of repeated trauma or movements over an extended time period. By the time workers are aware of their injuries; severe damage has been done to the affected muscles, joints or tissue which may require surgery to repair. In some instances, workers may never be able to perform their job duties again or may suffer from permanent disability.
Who is at Risk for Repetitive Stress/Motion Disorders?
Those who perform the same task repeatedly are at a higher risk of developing a repetitive stress/motion disorder and the jobs associated with the most instances of these injuries include the following.
- Assembly line worker
- Typist or receptionist
- Warehouse worker
- Maintenance worker
Attorneys Committed to Protecting the Rights of Workers in Cumulative Trauma Cases
If you are suffering from an injury that occurred after many years of repetitive stress on your body and your employer is refusing to provide you with the benefits you are entitled to, it is important to speak with a qualified work injury attorney so that you can evaluate your legal options. The Chicago Injury Center has access to experts in the fields of medicine, engineering, economics and other useful industries that are able to assess your case and provide testimony regarding your injuries and the amount of financial compensation that is required to provide treatment and rehabilitation. Contact us today for a free consultation where we will explain the law and your rights in greater detail and collect all of the information we need to conduct a thorough investigation in order to determine whether you have a case.
Our services come with a guarantee that if for any reason at all we are unable to collect compensation on your behalf, you will not owe us a thing.