Repetitive Stress Injury Claims
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Every year in Illinois thousands of workers’ compensation claims are filed alleging repetitive injuries. These claims allege repetitive stress to the knees, hips and shoulders, among others. To have a meritorious claim, the employee must be able to prove that the repetitive stress he or she places on the injured joint has caused, aggravated or accelerated the medical condition.
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Key Factor in Repetitive Stress Injury Claim
Leonard Law Group has represented hundreds of package car drivers who allege repetitive stress injuries to their knee and hip joints as a result of stepping in and out of their package cars up to a hundred times a day. This causes premature wear and tear on their joints and is clearly more stress than the general public places on those same body parts as they perform their everyday work duties. As a result, if x-rays of the knee and hip and joints show end stage bone on bone contact, aka osteoarthritis, an orthopedic specialist hired by Leonard Law Group will be able to credibly testify that the repetitive stress placed on the joint in question is more than that of the general public. This will mean that a filed workers compensation claim on behalf of the injured worker will carry merit and ultimately result in a lump sum settlement or trial installment award.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Claim
Another very common repetitive stress injury is carpal tunnel syndrome. This may be the most common repetitive stress injury filed in Illinois, because most persons constantly use their hands while performing their work duties.
The key factors in proving a repetitive stress injury to the carpal tunnel includes the following:
- Whether the injured workers job duties require fine manipulation with their fingers
- The amount of pressure exerted by the fingers in performing their work duties
- The amount of time during the work day the fingers exert this pressure
Those with full time jobs are more likely to be successful in pursing these type of repetitive stress claims. Common workers filing these type of claims include data entry personnel, mechanics and those who work with smaller hand tools. This is not to say other occupations do not result in overexertion on the carpal tunnel. The diagnosis of this condition is based on the history provided by the patient, the physical examination findings and an EMG diagnostic test. There are also many risk factors present in developing carpal tunnel including, diabetes, gender, weight, tobacco use, alcohol use, prior fractures of the wrist or hand, being pregnant and menopause.
Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you feel your work duties expose you to increased risk of developing the above repetitive conditions or may have aggravated a pre-existing repetitive condition please contact Leonard Law Group. We have the knowledge, experience, and resources to effectively pursue your case.
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