Workplace repetitive strain injuries are one of the more common injuries in the workplace. Tasks that have you doing a repetitive motion that strains certain muscles, maintaining an awkward position for lengthy amounts of time, or doing a task that repeatedly puts force on a specific bone can all lead to these injuries. It could be something as simple as typing for many hours a day or from something like repeatedly hammering in an uncomfortable body position. No matter the type of repetitive stress injury, here are some steps you can take to fix it.
Ask for Alternate Tasks or Time Off
If you are developing a repetitive strain injury, it's very important that you give those muscles time to rest. The injury won't get better unless you allow the muscles this time to recover from repetitive strain. Ask your employer if they can give you an alternate assignment for a while until your injury heals. For example, if you have a more active role, maybe doing some administrative work for a while could help you recover. If this isn't feasible, ask to take some time off to recover.
Repetitive strain injuries are no joke, and the pain can be debilitating if they get to a more advanced stage. Thus, if your employer is not cooperating with your requests, then it is time to jump ahead to starting a worker's compensation claim.
Get Worker's Compensation
If you are not able to get time off work without a medical diagnosis or your injury is not healing after some time, then you will need to take some additional steps to get a more formal diagnosis and compensation. The first thing to do will be to get a written medical evaluation from your doctor detailing the extent of the injury, any treatments that need to be done, and how much time you should take off of work, if any.
From there, use a workers compensation attorney to start a claim. Once you have this legal documentation of your injury, your employer cannot deny you time off work. Their worker's compensation insurance company will also pay for your medical bills and a fraction of your regular working salary for any time that you need off of work. Hopefully, your employer can be supportive of you taking care of your health so that you can return to work refreshed and no longer in pain. For more information, contact local professionals like Hardee and Hardee LLP.Share
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