Workers’ compensation claims can occur after a car crash on the clock or machinery failure at work. They can also occur after someone gets diagnosed with a work-related medical condition outside of work. Plenty of workers’ compensation claimants do not have a single traumatic incident that caused their condition but rather years of workplace tasks or exposure.
One of the more common groups of medical conditions workers suffer from involves repetitive strain injuries. As the name implies, a repetitive strain injury is a form of cumulative trauma that develops from someone doing the same tasks repetitively. How can workers’ compensation help those who develop a repetitive strain injury because of their work?
Benefits can get you treatment, cover your wages or help you retrain
Workers’ compensation benefits will cover 100% of your necessary medical care. Whether you need surgery for carpal tunnel or months of physical therapy to help you overcome a repetitive motion injury in your shoulder from lifting all day, you won’t have any out-of-pocket expenses for treatment required as part of a workers’ compensation claim.
If you need to take a leave of absence from work, you can count on workers’ compensation benefits to provide you with disability pay. If you can never return to work or can only go back to a job with less demanding tasks, and therefore, lower wages, you may qualify for permanent partial disability benefits. Some may receive training benefits that may help you become more competitive in other areas of work.
Learning about the benefits available to you can help you feel more confident in pursuing a claim for workers’ compensation if something that happens at work impacts your ability to work.