Repetitive Stress Injuries and Illinois Workers' Compensation
Examples of repetitive stress injuriesRepetitive stress injuries are injuries caused by performing the same motion over and over again. These physical movements can involve lifting heavy objects, or non-strenuous activities such as typing. Repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, DeQuervain's tenosynovitis, and more. If you are in pain, and suspect a work-related injury like this, tell your employer and see a doctor right away.
Repetitive stress injuries are coveredIn Illinois, workers who suffer a repetitive stress injury are covered under the workers' compensation system. This means that they can get medical benefits to cover the costs of diagnosis and treatment. Coverage is 100% and includes things like surgery and physical therapy as long as it is necessary and related to the work injury. These workers are also entitled to compensation for lost wages caused by their injury. If the injury is permanent, additional benefits may be available.
Special challenges in repetitive stress casesIf you already have a repetitive stress condition but it is aggravated by your job, you can still get benefits. Just because you already had an injury doesn't mean you're disqualified. If your current job made your condition worse, you should file a claim. Keep in mind that in these cases, the insurance company may deny your claim. In a dispute, it's up to an arbitrator to decide. It's important to hire an attorney to represent you if your benefits are denied. And it's important to do this right away because there are deadlines for filing a claim and for contesting a denied claim.