Seeking Compensation for a Repetitive Strain Injury
Do you perform the same motions every day? Well, what you do every day will have a bigger impact on your body than what you do once in a while, and you could suffer a repetitive strain injury. Usually, people have options to pursue compensation for their medical bills through worker’s compensation. However, there are cases when that is no longer an option, that’s where a personal injury attorney comes in.
What is a Repetitive Strain Injury?
Many people aren’t surprised to learn that they have rotary cuff syndrome, tendonitis, or carpal tunnel syndrome. However, all of these injuries often deliver some shock when people realized they got them from work. Health professionals across the nation attempt to help people recognize the signs of these repetitive strain injuries before they become debilitating.
Even when a doctor gives the advice to work in a more ergonomic manner, or to change their work environment, it’s ultimately up to the patient. The patient can attempt to change their work environment; however, if the conditions of their job are ever-present, then there is little that they can do.
Repetitive strain injuries include:
- Ulnar tunnel entrapment
- Ganglion cysts
- Trigger finger
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
This list is not exhaustive as there are more injuries which come from repeated motion. Essentially, any strain or injury that comes from regular or consistent activity could be a repetitive strain injury.
These injuries almost always come with a number of symptoms. Usually, symptoms such as tingling, weakness, discomfort, or pain are minor at first. Then over time, as the strain worsens because it doesn’t have a chance to heal, the symptoms become debilitating.
What are Your Options for Compensation?
What happens if your injury happened with a former employer? What if your Worker’s Compensation claim was denied because the injury dated back to another employer or job? These questions come up frequently, and you do still have options. You need to discuss your legal options for compensation with a personal injury attorney.
For some, it’s possible that they’ll only need to pursue a claim more aggressively through their insurance. For others, they may need to pursue compensation against an individual. Someone who made it difficult or impossible to recover from your strain previously fully.
Do You Need an Attorney for a Repetitive Strain Injury?
Absolutely. A Tampa personal injury lawyer will work with you to understand what is going on with your case. They’ll help you bring together your medical information, proof of your injury, and more.
Cases are so difficult with repetitive strain injuries because the diagnosis may have been made a while ago. That means that you also need someone to look at the statute of limitations and see if you still have the opportunity to pursue legal action.
Then a lawyer in Tampa should go through your case’s information to determine who is to blame. That may require going through various aspects of your previous employer’s policies and procedures. If the repetitive strain came from another source such as training at a gym, participating in a voluntary physical education course, or similar, then that requires a different route. In those instances, the legal team will need to go through and identify if it’s possible to hold the other party liable.
In many cases with repetitive strain injuries, even when undergoing surgery and having a full recovery, there is a chance for reinjury. Often people experience reinjury and believe it to stem from the original injury, not their current environment.
Legal teams handle these more delicate and complex matters regularly. If you’re unsure about your options, then you need to schedule a consultation. Many law firms throughout Tampa, including Winters and Yonker, provide consultations to potential clients. It helps the lawyer involved understand your case, and it helps victims learn more about their resolutions options.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Tampa
Your repetitive strain injury may involve past employers or even the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation. It could be difficult to know who to go to for help. To figure out if your injury could lead to a personal injury claim, contact the law offices of Winters and Yonker. Our goal is to help the injured victims of Tampa as they fight for full compensation.
When contacting Winters & Yonker, you’ll have the chance to speak with a legal professional about your situation. Then we can guide you towards the most strategic outcome. We’ll help you until your claim or case closes, fighting the whole time for you to get the maximum compensation possible.