Repetitive Stress Injury Lawyer on Long Island
Our bodies are not meant to stay in one position or perform the same task over extended periods. Unfortunately, many people’s jobs require them to do just that, and the long-term effects on their health can be devastating.
If you have noticed a decline in your health and ability to earn a living because of a reduced range of motion-related injury, we can provide you with a repetitive stress injury lawyer on Long Island. Our firm would manage your workers’ compensation claim so that you could stay focused on your personal recovery. Contact Shulman & Hill at 516.613.3196 to begin.
What to Expect in a Long Island Repetitive Stress Injury Case
Once you have officially been diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury, you can begin to think about how you can recover compensation. A Shulman & Hill repetitive stress injury lawyer in Long Island can then guide you through the entire legal process from start to finish. Your case might go something like this:
You Get a Free Case Consultation
Your first step should be to find a repetitive stress injury lawyer near you in Long Island. Our firm can represent you in this matter.
All Long Island, NY, residents are welcome to call our office at any time and learn more about their options over the phone. Members of our team are standing by to respond to information requests and evaluate each caller’s case at no charge.
In addition to the free consultation, we remain available to clients throughout their cases. We welcome questions or comments at any point and will always answer promptly.
We Investigate the Injury
Repetitive stress injuries tend to happen slowly, so they may be more difficult to prove than, for example, injuries resulting from a single, catastrophic event. Still, we know where to look and what kinds of evidence to seek, including:
- Your medical records
- Your employer’s records
- Witness testimony
- Your personal testimony
Compensation for workplace injuries can vary greatly. In the past, we have helped clients recover hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars in compensation for their workplace accidents. Your payout will depend on your situation.
We Pursue Damages or Benefits for You
You could get compensation after a workplace injury in several ways. We can file a workers’ compensation claim, which enables workers to get medical treatment and other benefits for any work-related injury.
Our investigation can uncover the liable parties’ identities and inform how your case proceeds.
What Is a Repetitive Stress Injury?
Per Cleveland Clinic, repetitive stress injuries occur when you use the same body part(s) in the same way for a long time. Also called repetitive strain injuries, they can happen to:
- Workers who spend a lot of time moving around, operating machinery or motor vehicles, moving heavy objects, and so on
- Sedentary workers who spend a lot of time on the computer
- Workers who use one tool repeatedly throughout the day
Repetitive stress injuries could affect your hands, feet, back, legs, or any other body part that you use in the same way every day. If that body part begins to feel painful, sore, weak, numb, or overly sensitive to temperature, these could be signs of a repetitive strain injury.
If you do not receive treatment in time, symptoms could worsen to the point where you cannot work at all. You could also be at risk of developing other conditions that could further affect your health.
Preventing Repetitive Stress Injuries
The best way to protect yourself from a repetitive stress injury is to:
- Take sufficient breaks and give the body part a chance to relax or do something else.
- Find stretches and exercises that can keep the body part in shape—you can talk to your doctor or do an online search to find the right ones for you.
- Change your routine. Instead of spending hours with the same piece of equipment, spread your use of that equipment throughout the day and intersperse it with other tasks.
- Do not try to lift more or work longer than you know you can comfortably manage.
- See a doctor once symptoms start to develop: do not wait until they worsen.
Cleveland Clinic also notes that state and federal regulations are in place to protect workers from sustaining repetitive stress injuries. If you request an accommodation from your employer and they refuse, or if they force you to use tools that worsen your condition, you have the right to take legal action. One of our repetitive stress injury lawyers in Long Island, NY, can help.
After a Repetitive Stress Injury
If you start to experience pain, numbness, stiffness, or other unusual symptoms in a part of your body that you use (or overuse) regularly, make a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible. The quicker you get help, the quicker you can:
- Experience relief from troublesome symptoms
- Prevent further damage to the affected area
- Get an official diagnosis, which can strengthen your case for compensation
- Speak to us about your rights
Your priority after any injury should be to look after your health and welfare.
Examples of Repetitive Stress Injuries
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that in 2020:
- Repetitive tool or equipment use led to 260 injuries in New York State, mostly among service workers. All these injuries affected the upper extremities and most caused pain and soreness.
- Repeatedly moving objects caused another 260 injuries in the state. Of these, 100 involved production workers, and 170 resulted in a sprain or strain.
- Repetitive hand motions without tool use led to 30 injuries in New York State, all of them among women. Twenty of these resulted in back injuries.
These data show that repetitive stress injuries can and do happen in any number of ways to a diverse range of workers and that the resulting injuries vary greatly. Depending on your job, you could sustain an injury such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: Characterized by weakness, tingling, or numbness in the fingers, this condition often afflicts those who spend too much time typing, writing, or drawing. According to Mayo Clinic, it occurs when a nerve in your wrist is compressed.
- Cubital tunnel syndrome: Similar to carpal tunnel, a cubital tunnel occurs when the nerve is compressed in your elbow.
- Tennis elbow: This is the colloquial term for lateral epicondylitis, a condition caused by repetitive arm motions. Despite the name, anyone can develop tennis elbow.
- Back problems: Too much sitting and too much activity (e.g., lifting, turning, and twisting) can cause you to strain, sprain, or otherwise hurt your back.
- Osgood-Schlatter disease: Cleveland Clinic states that this condition causes knee pain if you spend too much time running and jumping.
These are just a few injuries you could suffer if you are not allowed to take proper care of yourself on the job. A Long Island repetitive stress injuries attorney from Shulman & Hill wants to help you understand your rights and guide you through the legal process.
After a repetitive stress injury, call Shulman & Hill at 516.613.3196. We can give you a free case review and assign an attorney to manage your workers’ compensation claim and another for your personal injury case. We fight hard for the compensation you need and deserve. We can take care of everything related to your Long Island, NY, case—all for no upfront attorney’s fees or costs. Call today.
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