Sarasota Repetitive Trauma Lawyer
Injuries can be the result of a variety of accident types that are acute and immediate, such as a car crash that happens before drivers involved can even react. They can also be the result of motions that are performed over and over again, though, resulting in injuries that develop over time. These types of injuries are known as repetitive stress or repetitive trauma injuries. While repetitive trauma injuries are covered under workers’ compensation in Sarasota, Florida, your workers’ compensation insurance adjuster may try to deny your claim. If you need help navigating a workplace injury claim related to a repetitive trauma injury, call our Sarasota repetitive trauma lawyers today.
What Is a Repetitive Trauma Injury?
As touched on above, a repetitive trauma injury is an injury that results from overuse or repetitive motion. Examples of repetitive trauma injuries might include the development of carpal tunnel syndrome after years of typing on a keyboard; back strain and other injuries, such as a herniated disc injury, as a result of years of heavy lifting; or damage to a shoulder joint (or another joint in the body) as a result of performing the same task for months or years, such as working on an assembly line or shoveling.
A repetitive motion injury can develop in many forms, including tendonitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel, muscle and ligament sprains and strains, and more. Loss of hearing that occurs as a result of exposure to loud noises over time is also sometimes categorized as a repetitive trauma injury.
Are Repetitive Trauma Injuries Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?
Many people believe that they cannot seek workers’ compensation benefits if they suffer a repetitive motion/repetitive trauma injury, but this is not necessarily the case. In fact, if you can prove that your injuries are the direct result of your workplace activities, then you can recover benefits under workers’ compensation, including medical benefits and lost wage benefits. The difficult thing about recovering compensation for a repetitive trauma injury is gathering evidence to prove that the medical condition is linked to your job – something that the insurance company will surely fight you on. In order to fight back, we strongly urge you to get medical attention as soon as possible, as this can help create a link between the injury and your job. You should also provide notice of the injury to your employer as soon as you learn of it.
Our Sarasota Repetitive Trauma Lawyers Can Help
If you have been injured on the job as a result of repetitive motion and have suffered a repetitive trauma–rather than an acute–injury, you deserve workers’ compensation benefits. At the law office of Barbas Nunez Sanders Butler & Hovsepian, our experienced Sarasota repetitive trauma lawyers can help you to recover the compensation award that you’re entitled to. To learn more about our services and how we can help, reach out to our law firm directly for your free consultation. We are available by phone or online now, and we never charge upfront or hourly legal fees.