Oklahoma Repetitive Motion Injury Attorneys
Repetitive motion injuries are the most common type of injury in the US. One can acquire this type of injury by doing simple, daily activities. Most worker and athlete injuries are the result of a repetitive motion.
If you are suffering from a repetitive motion injury because of your job duties, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. Contact an experienced Oklahoma City repetitive motion injury attorney from the Abel Law Firm to discuss your case and determine your legal options. Call (405) 239-7046 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Types of Repetitive Motion Injuries
If your injury from repetitive motion was caused by an event at work or if activities at work contributed to the cause of the injury, then the injury may be considered work-related. Even then, it may be contested by the insurance company, as experts differ with regard to what can cause a repetitive motion injury. Only if a repetitive motion injury was caused exclusively in a non-work-related event, such as a sports injury suffered by an office worker, will the injury be considered not work-related.
There are several types of repetitive motion injuries that construction workers develop regularly; however the three most common are:
- Bursitis: A common type of repetitive motion injury that targets the body’s bursae, or fluid-filled sacs that act as a cushion for areas of friction between tendon and bone or skin
- Tendonitis: Tendon injuries that involve larger-scale acute injuries accompanied by inflammation
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Nerve damage in the wrist, which can cause loss of feeling in hands, movement degenerates (commonly associated with typing)
Some other common causes of repetitive motion injuries are awkward positions of your upper body, forceful exertions with your hands, constant contact between part of your body and a work surface, vibration from power tools, or even exposure to very cold temperatures. A snap of the fingers is the generally accepted time measurement for determining if an exposure was long enough to contribute to an injury.
If you are experiencing pain, inflammation, numbness, swelling, or a tingling sensation in a joint of your body that is constantly put to use, you should consult your doctor about the possibility of a repetitive motion injury. If you believe you may be eligible for compensation, our Oklahoma City repetitive motion lawyers can help you determine which steps to take next.
Cost Statistics About Repetitive Motion Injuries
Repetitive motion injuries can be extremely expensive to treat but inexpensive to prevent. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that the average cost of a non-surgical carpal tunnel injury is $8,000. Both the employee and employer have incentives to prevent this type of repetitive motion injury because both treatment and productivity loss can be very expensive.
In a study by the American journal of Industrial Medicine, the average employee with a carpal tunnel injury lost between $45,000 and $89,000 in income during the study period. The OSHA $afety Pays Program determined that the average direct cost of a carpal tunnel injury in the workplace is $28,647 per employee, usually paid through worker’s compensation payments.
If you have been injured in the workplace, or if the workplace exacerbated an existing injury, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should pay for your medical bills and lost wages. Contact an experienced repetitive motion injury attorney today to get the help you deserve. Call the [law-firm] today by calling (405) 239-7046.
Compensation Available to You
The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Code provides protection for employees who are injured on the job. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that employers can carry to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and even rehabilitation if an employee is injured while at work.
A common misconception is that a workplace injury must be a one-time, serious injury in order to qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits. This is not true. An injury that develops over time due to work requirements or conditions can entitle you to compensation. Pain and suffering is not available if you make a workers’ compensation claim.
Using workers’ compensation is not the only avenue for recovery and might not be the right one for you. If you agree to accept worker’s compensation, you will be waiving the right to sue your employer for your injuries. Personal injury claims can entitle you to all of the above-mentioned benefits and potentially to money for pain and suffering. Don’t sacrifice the right to bring suit for an employer’s bad acts without consulting with an experienced attorney first.
If you have been diagnosed with a repetitive motion injury that was caused by your occupation, your employer or a third party may be liable for your medical expenses and lost wages. Contact an Oklahoma repetitive motion injury lawyer from the Abel Law Firm by calling (405) 239-7046 today.