Repetitive Stress Injuries
Oftentimes, a job requires repetitive movements--clicking a mouse again and again, carrying heavy or awkward objects, holding a telephone on one's shoulder. Because the body isn't allowed appropriate rest between these movements, repetitive strain injuries can develop. These include, but are not limited to, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tensynovitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, and cubital tunnel syndrome.
A repetitive stress injury is considered an occupational disease. The Workers' Compensation Board defines occupational disease as:
"A disease arising from employment conditions for a class of workers, with the disease occurring as a natural incident for particular occupations, distinct from and exceeding the ordinary hazards and risks of employment. To be considered an occupational disease, there must be some recognizable link between the disease and some distinctive feature of the workers' job."
For occupational disease, if you or your doctor suspect that your illness is related to work, you should file a workers' compensation claim. You do not have to prove the illness was caused solely by the exposure to a hazardous substance on the job, or solely by the specific work you do. However, you and your physician must be prepared to argue that your specific work or identified work-related exposure contributed to your illness.
Examples of occupational disease/illness include:
- carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive strain injury
- work-related tendinitis
- asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma
- lead poisoning
- lung/respiratory problems from chemical or dust exposure
- dermatitis due to chemical exposure/latex allergy
- occupational hearing loss
If you believe your occupation has caused a repetitive stress injury, we can help. Please contact our experienced workers' compensation attorneys today.
Other Workers' Compensation cases include exposure to Toxic Chemicals which can have a serious health effect on the body. If you've been exposed to Toxic Chemicals on the job, call us to start your workers' comp claim now.