Repetitive Stress Injuries And Workers’ Compensation In Georgia
Injuries resulting from overuse and repeated motions are considered repetitive stress injuries. Many jobs require workers to perform the same tasks over and over, which can cause strain on muscles, ligaments, tendons and other body parts. If this wear and tear on your body causes an injury which affects your ability to do your job, you can file for workers’ compensation benefits.
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Repetitive Motions Can Cause Disabling Symptoms
Many people mistakenly believe that repetitive stress injuries are not covered by workers’ compensation, but that is not true. These types of injuries can cause symptoms that include chronic pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness and limited range of motion. Some of the more common repetitive stress injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Joint injuries
- Knee and ankle injuries
- Hand and wrist injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Lower back injuries
Repetitive Motion Injuries Impact All Workers
Workers in any occupation are at risk for these types of injuries. Construction workers, professional drivers, office workers, teachers, warehouse and industrial workers, nurses and health care workers are just a few of the people who often make the same types of motions day after day.
Get The Medical Treatment You Need
You will need to see a doctor to document your injury and to receive medical treatment. A successful workers’ compensation claim will cover your medical bills. Most employers have a list of eligible doctors who handle on the job injuries. You can choose to visit a doctor from this list and may switch to another doctor on the list one time without getting permission from your employer.
If your employer does not have a list of valid physicians, or if your right to choose a physician from the list was not explained to you, you may be entitled to choose your own doctor to treat you for your injuries.