Not all injuries at work happen during a single moment. Individuals sometimes develop health problems slowly over a long period of time. Months or even years of physically demanding labor may cause bodily harm. Workers find that long hours lifting, stacking, carrying or even simply typing on a computer can result in pain, soreness or a loss of range of motion. Some individuals may eventually require surgery. These are repetitive use or motion injuries, and they may be compensable under workers’ compensation.
Common examples of repetitive use injuries include:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome;
- Tennis Elbow or Epicondylitis;
- Rotator Cuff problems such as a Tear or Impingement Syndrome; and
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome or Ulnar Nerve Entrapment.
Northern Ohio Repetitive Motion Injury Attorneys
If your doctor diagnoses you with a repetitive use injury that you believe is related to your employment (either past or present), it is important that you contact an attorney promptly. Ohio law limits the time you have to file a claim for benefits, and the clock may begin to run on the day you are diagnosed. In other cases, the clock starts on the date you left your job or retired. Either way, it is important that you meet with a lawyer as soon as possible to evaluate your options.
The attorneys at Wincek & DeRosa have years of experience assisting workers with repetitive use injuries to secure benefits such as medical treatment. We begin by taking a thorough review of your occupational history to determine the likely source of your injury. Where appropriate, we work with experienced orthopedic surgeons, neurologists and occupational medicine specialists. Some people find that, as their symptoms become worse, they can no longer do their job on a daily basis. In those cases, we can help in obtaining lost wage compensation or temporary total disability, as well as other benefits.