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Repetitive stress injuries are often covered by workers’ compensation

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs) are a category of workplace injuries that are often covered under workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania. These injuries result from overuse or repeated physical motion and commonly develop in many workplaces, ranging from construction sites to office environments.

RSIs include a range of conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis, among others. These conditions are often developed over time through routine tasks that involve repetitive motions, such as typing, assembly line work or extensive lifting. In Pennsylvania, as in many other states, workers’ compensation generally covers medical expenses and lost wages for injuries that occur in the course of employment, and this includes RSIs.

Filing a claim

To be awarded workers’ compensation benefits for an RSI in Pennsylvania, an employee must demonstrate that their injury is directly related to their job duties or employment conditions. This typically involves providing medical evidence linking the repetitive tasks at work to the injury sustained. Medical documentation and expert testimony can be very helpful in establishing this connection, as RSIs can sometimes be attributed to non-work-related activities.

It’s important for employees to report an RSI as soon as symptoms appear and seek medical attention promptly to strengthen their claim. However, workers should be aware that obtaining compensation for RSIs can be a complex undertaking. Employers or their insurance carriers might dispute a claim by arguing that the harm in question isn’t work-related or that symptoms were caused by pre-existing conditions.

Due to the complexity of these cases in particular, workers who suffer from RSIs can benefit from legal guidance as they pursue the benefits that they are both owed and deserve.



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