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A repetitive stress injury can develop in just about anybody. These repetitive tasks that some of us have to do at our jobs every day can end up having adverse effects on our bodies over time. If this sounds like something that is happening to you, you may be owed compensation that can help you get the treatment that you need. A New Jersey work injury lawyer from our firm can help you learn more about your options.

How Can a Repetitive Stress Injury Develop?

As the name implies, this type of injury can develop due to repetitive actions common in some types of jobs. Think of actions like typing, working on an assembly line, using tools, or hairdressing. Doing the same thing over and over can cause issues over time.

These types of injuries can affect many different body parts, but they are especially common in:

  • Forearms
  • Wrists
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders
  • Hands and fingers
  • Knees

What Symptoms Are Common When You Have a Repetitive Stress Injury?

A repetitive stress injury will cause pain, but that’s rarely the only issue. These types of injuries can also bother someone around the clock with symptoms like:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Tingling or a pins-and-needles feeling
  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity to cold or heat
  • Throbbing
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness

Most of these injuries are quite unpleasant to live with, and they can bother you whether you are working or just trying to relax at home. If untreated, a repetitive stress injury can even lead to other health issues, including ganglion cysts, stress fractures, and herniated discs.

Are There Treatments For This Kind of Injury?

Fortunately, there are some treatments that can help with these kinds of injuries. A repetitive stress injury can be formally diagnosed with X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. Then doctors can see if treatments like surgery, physical therapy, or steroid injections can help with the pain and range of motion issues.

What If I Developed My Repetitive Stress Injury at Work?

Diagnosing and treating an injury like this can cost a significant amount of money. If you developed this injury at work, you should be able to claim workers’ compensation.

Report your injury to your employer and they should tell their insurance company. Then an insurer can accept or deny your claim. If your claim is denied, a lawyer from our firm can help you make an appeal.

Workers’ compensation benefits can make a big difference. They can help you pay for medical expenses and they can make up for a portion of lost wages if you need to take time away from your job to recover.

Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney

If you believe that you have developed a repetitive stress injury at work, contact the Law Office of Craig M. Rothenberg. We can schedule a consultation and help you go over all of your options.

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