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Repetitive stress and your workers’ compensation rights

As a worker, you are always at a risk for developing conditions, illnesses and injuries as part of your work. When your working conditions degrade you to the point of suffering pain or not being able to work as a result, it is likely that you have a right to workers' compensation as a result.

Many workers are worried about asking for workers' compensation, since they fear that the cost may lead them to run the risk of retaliation from their employer. But as an injured employee, it is important to remember that you have the legal right to request workers' compensation without running the risk of retaliation.

What is repetitive stress injury?

Many construction workers and physically active workers suffer from repetitive stress injury. It can be caused by muscle strain and any activity that puts pressure on the body. It is the pain and injury relating to this overexertion.

Do I have protection from repetitive stress as a worker?

Workers' compensation can cover a broad range of illnesses and injuries, even if they might seem insignificant to you. You are eligible for workers' compensation if it can be proven that the tasks you need to carry out as part of your work caused the condition, and if you are needing to take time off work or endure medical costs as a result of your injury or condition.

If you believe that you are suffering from a repetitive stress injury because of your working conditions, it is important to remember the rights that you have to get the workers' compensation that you deserve.

Source: FindLaw, "Can I Get Workers' Compensation For Repetitive Motion Injuries?," accessed Feb. 02, 2018

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