Repetitive Stress / Repetitive Use Injuries
Performing the same motion over and over all day, every day can cause tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive use injuries. People who work in manufacturing plants, grocery store clerks, typists, etc. performing the same physical tasks repeatedly are at risk for these painful and sometimes debilitating conditions. When repetitive motion injuries are caused by work, employees have a right to receive workers’ compensation benefits. One of the challenges in obtaining workers’ compensation benefits for repetitive motion injuries is that these conditions develop slowly, over a long period of time. These injuries do not occur at a single moment in time, like a fall or a car accident. At the law office of J. Franklin Burns, P.C., we understand that repetitive motion injuries are cumulative, meaning that the damage happened slowly and increased over time to make working difficult or even impossible. Our workers’ compensation attorneys know how to demonstrate that these injuries are caused by or aggravated by workplace conditions. Our lawyers have won workers’ compensation benefits for people just like you who have suffered severe pain in the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, back and neck from jobs requiring repetitive motion. Claims for Repetitive Stress / Repetitive Use Injuries are often denied by insurance companies. An insurance adjuster often makes the argument that the injury did not happen because of the work that the employee was doing. Another issue comes up when the injured worker cannot say an exact date that the injury happened. Many times workers continue to work despite their pain, so the exact date of injury is hard to pinpoint. These claims are often outright denied by insurance companies, leaving the injured worker without financial or medical benefits. The insurance company does not have the best interest of the injured worker as their first priority. Their first priority is to save money for the insurance company. We have vast experience assisting injured workers with these claims. We are familiar with the tactics used by the insurance companies to deny benefits and we are knowledgeable in how to have the claim recognized by the insurer. Even when the insurance company has recognized a claim, often there is a delay in much needed medical treatment. Our goal is to make sure that medical and income benefits are provided by the insurer for the employee as quickly as possible. If you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or any other repetitive stress injury because of the demands of your job, please contact the law office of J. Franklin Burns, P.C., to arrange a free consultation and case evaluation. It is important to call us right away before you have agreed to something or said something to the insurance adjuster that might hinder you from receiving the benefits that you deserve. With an office conveniently located in Atlanta, Georgia, our workers’ compensation attorneys represent clients in all Georgia cities. Please do not hesitate to call or email us to arrange your free consultation. We understand that you have many questions that need answers. If you are unable to visit us in our office, we are happy to travel to meet with you in your home or a location that is convenient for you.