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Repetitive Strain Injury & Workers Compensation

Michigan lawyer explains how a repetitive strain injury is covered under workers’ compensation and how to get help if the claim is denied.

We are seeing more repetitive strain injuries in today’s high-tech workforce. Employees are using tools, machines, mobile devices, and computers in ways the human body does not always find comfortable. These workplace injuries occur from overuse of body parts while performing repetitive tasks. Employees working in both factories and office settings experience similar issues.

These workplace injuries impact hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and back. Activities such as lifting, throwing, assembling, typing, writing, or clicking a mouse can cause a problem. Vibrating power tools are a frequent source of these types of injuries. This is most commonly seen in assembly or factory work.

Types of repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), cubital tunnel syndrome, De Quervain’s syndrome, ulnar tunnel syndrome, bursitis, epicondylitis, trigger finger, tendonitis, or tenosynovitis.

Employees with these injuries experience symptoms ranging from a gentle ache to sharp-shooting pain. Other symptoms include tingling, weakness, swelling, throbbing, burning, numbness, and cramping finding their ability to work significantly limited.

Medical treatment consists of rest, medication, steroid injections, wearing a brace, physical therapy, and even surgery. Many of our clients find they cannot work for a period of weeks or months after treatment begins. Some never return to the type of job they previously worked.

Workers in Michigan have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim for a repetitive strain injury that occurs on the job. Workers’ comp is a no-fault system designed to provide benefits to employees hurt on-the-job. It is a safety net that covers most private and public employees in the State of Michigan. It pays 100% of medical bills without co-pays or deductibles. Lost wages should equal 80% of an employee’s after-tax average weekly wage and continue for the length of disability.

Watch out for insurance companies who automatically dispute a repetitive strain injury under workers’ compensation. They use biased doctors to perform independent medical examinations. Employees are told they have arthritis or some other degenerative medical condition. So called vocational “experts” are also hired to find jobs that might or might not be available within restrictions. These phantom wages are then used to reduce weekly comp checks.

Our experience shows a repetitive strain injury covered under workers’ compensation are compensable when a treating doctor supports medical causation and disability. Employees should never have to suffer in pain without medical treatment or lost wages. Make sure to contact an experienced attorney if a repetitive strain injury under workers’ compensation is denied. It is possible to get a lump sum cash payment for a settlement. This allows an employee to get medical treatment and vocational rehabilitation on their own terms.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 316-8033 for a free consultation today.

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Author Bio Jeffrey Kaufman

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Jeffrey E. Kaufman
Michigan Workers Comp Attorney

Jeffrey E. Kaufman has extensive experience in workers compensation cases and has recovered millions of dollars in benefits for his clients. He believes all injured workers deserve to be on equal footing with insurance companies and employers, and fights tenaciously so their rights are secured and protected.


“Jeff also helped me with getting my Blue Cross bills paid. I would absolutely recommend him and the whole firm. Jeff and the firm did everything they were supposed to do for me and my case.”
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