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Seeking workers' compensation for repetitive stress injuries

In the past, we've talked a lot about your ability to seek workers' compensation if you are injured in an accident at work. The accidents we tend to talk about are often things such as falls, trips, equipment failures or sudden occurrences such as explosions. But those aren't the only types of incidents that can occur in a workplace, and sometimes your work-related illness or injury isn't even related to a single accident.

What happens, for example, when you have an illness or injury that occurs over time because of repeated exposure to a certain work environment or requirement? One such issue is known as repetitive stress injuries.

These injuries occur when you put repeated stress on a part of your body in some way. It doesn't have to be a movement outside of your normal movements to put stress on your body. Even something like typing can create a repetitive stress injury. In fact, carpal tunnel syndrome is a top example of a repetitive stress injury, and it can occur in almost any worker in almost any industry.

Other types of stress fractures include tennis elbow, rotator cuff tears, tendinitis, bursitis and certain types of injuries to the knee, back or neck. Because these injuries happen over time and can even seem like normal "wear and tear" on the human body, many workers don't realize they might be able to seek workers' compensation to help pay for medical treatment or losses associated with these injuries.

If your repetitive stress injury is related to the work you do for your employer, then you might have a workers' compensation claim. Because these cases are not as cut-and-dry as some other injury cases, there might be a greater chance of a claim being denied, which is one reason to consider working with a legal professional.

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