repetitive stress injuries

What are Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs)?

Repetitive Stress Injuries, also known as Repetitive Strain Injuries, are a category of work-related injuries that occur from repeated physical movements over time. These injuries can seriously impact nerves, muscles, and tendons, often resulting from common workplace activities like typing, lifting, or any continuous repetitive motion.

Common Types of RSIs

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Epicondylitis (also known as Tennis Elbow)

Identifying RSI Symptoms

Early symptoms of RSIs include persistent pain, aching, tenderness, stiffness, tingling, numbness, or throbbing in the affected area. These symptoms might initially appear only during the repetitive task but can become constant over time if not addressed.

Your Legal Rights

Employees suffering from RSIs due to their work environment or duties are entitled to certain protections and compensation under the law:

  1. Workers' Compensation: Most employees are covered under workers' compensation insurance, which can provide medical benefits and wage replacement for work-related RSIs.

  2. Employer's Duty of Care: Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe work environment. This includes ergonomic workstations to minimize the risk of RSIs.

  3. Accommodations and Adjustments: Employees have the right to request reasonable accommodations to help manage and prevent further aggravation of RSIs.

What Vargas Guerra, LLP Can Do for You

At Vargas Guerra, LLP, we understand the impact RSIs can have on your life and livelihood. Our team is dedicated to helping you navigate the legal process to secure the compensation and support you deserve:

  • Case Evaluation: We'll assess your situation to determine the best course of action, whether it's a workers' compensation claim or other legal remedies.
  • Claim Assistance: Our team will guide you through the claim filing process, ensuring all necessary documentation and evidence are accurately presented.
  • Negotiations and Litigation: If necessary, we will robustly represent your interests in negotiations or court proceedings to secure the best possible outcome for your case.

Prevention and Awareness

Prevention of RSIs is key. Employers should provide ergonomic assessments and training, and employees should be aware of proper ergonomics and take regular breaks during repetitive tasks.

Contact Us

If you believe you're suffering from an RSI due to your work environment, or if you're an employer seeking guidance on preventing RSIs in the workplace, Vargas Guerra, LLP is here to help. Contact us today for a consultation.