What to Do if You Suffer a Repetitive Stress Injury at Work

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Robert Golan

You need to pay close attention to the warning signs of a repetitive stress injury. Signs of this may include some or all of the following:


  • Pain
  • Tingling and/or numbness (as if the limb has fallen asleep)
  • Weakness
  • Reduced range of motion

Once you notice the signs of a repetitive stress injury, you need to take action to make sure that it doesn’t have a severely negative impact on your quality of life.
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Notify Your Employer

If you even suspect that any of these symptoms relate to any of your work tasks, notify your employer immediately, and do it in writing so that there is some record of the complaint. Most workplaces have forms and procedures to handle these types of issues.

Contact a Work Injury Lawyer

If you are reasonably sure that the repetitive stress injury is the result of your job assignment, and that you may want to file a workers’ compensation claim, contact an experienced work injury lawyer right away, preferably one that has some experience with repetitive stress injury cases. It may seem like it is overkill to get representation from a workers comp lawyer so soon in the process, but it is important that you take the right steps in order to make sure that you file the workers comp claim correctly and receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled.

Get the Proper Medical Attention as Directed by Your Work Injury Lawyer

Again, this may seem a bit counter-intuitive, but most repetitive stress injuries are not in need of immediate medical care–they tend to be a bit more gradual and chronic in nature. Obviously, if the pain or discomfort is severe you should seek medical attention immediately, before taking any other action.

Gather All Critical Information About the Incident

Before filing a workers’ compensation claim, you need to have the following information:

  • Employer’s name, address, phone number and any other relevant contact info
  • Your job title, job duties (a detailed job description would be very helpful here) and your gross pay rate/salary
  • Provide as much detail as possible at the time the injury. (Where you were, what you were doing, etc.)
  • Specific details about the injury–what body parts are affected, details about medical treatment, if you missed time from work as a result of the injury.

File a C-3 Employee Claim Form

You can file this claim online directly with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, but be sure to consult your workers compensation attorney before doing so. Either review the claim together or have the attorney file the claim on your behalf to make sure that you’ve included all necessary detail and information needed for the claim.

Get Advice About Repetitive Stress Injury Workers Comp Claims in Queens, NY

Contact Robert Golan, PC. He has been in a solo practice dedicated to workers compensation law for over 20 years, and knows all of the ins and outs of filing workers compensation claims for repetitive stress injuries. Fill out our simple, online contact form to receive a free case evaluation or give us a call at 516-586-3910 to discuss your case today.

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