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Dealing with a work-related repetitive stress injury

Many different types of workers suffer from repetitive stress injuries on the job. Unfortunately, not all workers get the medical treatment and benefits they need from workers' compensation.

Injuries such as muscle strain, carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis can be extremely painful and make it impossible to do your job. The following are just a few examples of the types of workers who can suffer from repetitive stress injuries:

  • Data entry workers
  • Assembly workers
  • Nurses
  • Equipment operators
  • Meat processing workers
  • Construction workers

As long as the injury was caused or aggravated by your job activities, it is covered by Georgia workers' compensation. In addition to free medical care, you are entitled to wage-loss benefits if you are unable to work or can only work part-time due to your injury.

To obtain workers' compensation benefits for a repetitive stress injury:

  • Report the injury to your employer within 30 days.
  • Make an appointment with an approved workers' compensation doctor. Your employer or your employer's workers' compensation insurance company can provide you with a list of approved doctors.
  • Follow through on your doctor's treatment plan, even if you do not feel you are getting better right away. Skipping appointments can result in loss of your workers' compensation benefits.

If your claim is denied, or you do not agree with your doctor's diagnosis or treatment of your injury, seek help from an experienced workers' compensation lawyer. At Skibiel Law, we offer a free initial consultation to explain your rights and answer your questions if you suffer from a work-related repetitive stress injury.

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