Repetitive Motion Injuries
Over time, performing the same task each day may take a toll on the body. If you have sustained a repetitive motion injury at your place of work, you should reach out to an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney who can help you determine your next steps. Navigating the workers’ compensation process may be difficult without legal guidance and representation. You can trust that Attorney T. Andrew Miller will work diligently to maximize your chances of obtaining benefits. He can provide the advocacy that you need at every step of the way.Pursuing Benefits for Repetitive Motion Injuries
Repetitive motion injuries, also known as repetitive stress injuries, refer to temporary or permanent injuries to muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons caused by doing the same motion over and over again. Since these injuries develop over time, it is possible for an individual to go years without ever noticing the progression of a repetitive motion injury, only to suddenly realize the pain of it one day. Types of workplace activities that may lead to repetitive stress injuries include lifting heavy objects, typing and doing related activities, standing in awkward positions, or performing intricate work with hands.
Some common examples of repetitive motion injuries are bursitis, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs due to the compression of the median nerve, which travels from the forearm to the hand through a “tunnel” in the wrist. Symptoms of repetitive motion injuries include tingling, numbness, pain, and stiffness in the affected area.
In Georgia, employers with three or more employees are required to have workers’ compensation coverage. A part-time employee is entitled to the same coverage as a full-time employee. Workers’ compensation is an insurance program financed by the employer and free of cost to the employee. The system is designed to provide injured workers with medical care, income, and rehabilitative benefits in the event that an employee cannot work or has a limited ability to work. Workers’ compensation benefits are also available to employees who develop an illness as a result of their job.
Under Georgia law, injured workers are entitled to weekly income benefits that are equivalent to two-thirds of their average weekly pay, or a maximum of $550. Furthermore, the employer must also pay for any medical treatment required for the injured worker to make a full recovery or maximum recovery. The length of time that workers’ compensation benefits last will vary based on the circumstances of the case.
Workers’ compensation is an exclusive remedy for people who are injured on the job. In other words, in exchange for coverage under workers’ compensation, employees waive their right to sue their employer. In the event that a worker’s injury is caused by someone other than the employer or co-workers, the worker may be able to sue the third party.
It is important to note that it is illegal for an employer to fire an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim. The employer may not retaliate in any way against the employee. This also includes demoting the employee or taking any other type of adverse employment action against them. (Of course, the employer still may fire the employee for a completely unrelated reason.) If you suspect that your employer retaliated against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim, you should speak to an attorney.Discuss Your Work Injury Claim with an Atlanta Attorney
If you have sustained a repetitive motion injury, you should reach out to a seasoned Atlanta lawyer who can help determine your eligibility for benefits. Attorney T. Andrew Miller can examine the facts of your case and provide you with a thoughtful, comprehensive assessment of your claim. He also represents people seeking an injury lawyer in communities such as Stone Mountain, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Norcross, and other areas of Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett Counties. To set up a free consultation, contact us online or call us at (678) 894-4758.