For many Louisiana workers, the risk of suffering from repetitive motion injuries is high, regardless of what industries they are in. Repetitive motion injuries occur when a worker is required to put stress or strain on the same group of muscles, bones and tendons over and over again, eventually causing a temporary or permanent injury.
In general, workers who suffer from repetitive motion injuries can seek workers’ compensation benefits through their employer’s insurance coverage. However, they will have to prove that their duties at work actually caused the injury. One way that employees can provide evidence that their injuries were caused by their work duties is to get a doctor’s evaluation.
In some cases, people may also be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if their current job aggravated an old injury. For example, a worker who developed carpal tunnel at a past job that was sufficiently treated may be entitled to benefits if the current job aggravated their condition. However, workers cannot receive benefits for prior workplace injuries on their own.
If an employee suffers a workplace injury that was caused by repetitive motions, an attorney may assist with filing for workers’ compensation benefits. In some cases, the benefits may cover the employee’s medical costs. If the employee cannot work during the recovery period, the attorney may also assist with seeking compensation for a portion of the worker’s lost wages. If the repetitive motion injuries are so severe that they may be permanent or may prevent the victim from being able to work again, the attorney may seek any additional benefits that are allowed under Louisiana workers’ compensation guidelines.