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Handling workers’ comp claims for repetitive strain injuries

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are common in many workplaces. They often result from repetitive motions or overuse of certain body parts. Handling workers’ compensation claims for these injuries requires careful attention to detail and a clear understanding of the process.

Recognize the symptoms

Early recognition of RSI symptoms is important for proper treatment. Common signs include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Numbness in affected areas

Report the injury promptly

Employees must report their RSI to their employer immediately. Delays in reporting can complicate the claims process and may even result in denial of benefits. It is essential to document the injury thoroughly, including how it occurred and the tasks that contributed to it.

Seek medical treatment

Obtaining medical treatment is a critical step in the workers’ comp process. A healthcare provider will assess the injury, recommend treatment, and provide necessary documentation. This medical evidence is vital for supporting the workers’ comp claim and ensuring appropriate benefits.

File the claim

Filing a workers’ comp claim involves completing the necessary forms and submitting them to the employer or the workers’ comp insurance provider. Accurate and complete information is essential to avoid delays or denial of the claim. And you should definitely keep copies of all documentation.

Understand your rights

Employees should be aware of their rights under workers’ compensation laws. These rights include medical treatment coverage, wage replacement benefits, and protection against retaliation for filing a claim. Knowing these rights ensures employees receive the benefits they deserve and can navigate the claims process effectively.