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Can you get workers comp for repetitive stress injuries?

In today’s fast-paced work environments, many employees find themselves performing repetitive tasks day in and day out. While these tasks may seem harmless at first, they can lead to painful repetitive stress injuries (RSIs). But can you receive workers’ compensation for these types of injuries?

Thankfully, workers’ compensation provides financial assistance to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. This includes RSIs. But, proving that your RSI is directly related to your work can sometimes be challenging.

How do you qualify for workers comp with an RSI?

To qualify for workers’ comp for an RSI, you typically need to show that your injury is because of the repetitive nature of your job duties. You make need to show medical evidence, such as doctor’s reports and diagnostic tests. These will show the connection between your work activities and your injury.

It’s important to report any symptoms of an RSI to your employer as soon as possible. Delaying reporting could harm your chances of receiving workers’ comp benefits. This is because it may be harder to prove that your injury occurred at work.

How can employers prevent the risk of RSIs?

Employers also have a responsibility to provide a safe work environment and to take measures to prevent RSIs. This may include providing ergonomic equipment, offering training on proper lifting techniques, and implementing job rotation to reduce the risk of overuse injuries.

Repetitive stress injuries are a significant concern in modern workplaces, and employees suffering from such injuries due to their job duties are eligible for workers’ compensation. If you suspect you have an RSI, it’s essential to seek medical care immediately and explore your options for claiming workers’ compensation to support your recovery and manage the financial impact of the injury.