Contrary to popular belief, workers’ compensation benefits in Boise are not limited to one-time accidents. Injuries that are caused by repetitive stress may qualify as an “occupational disease,” entitling the victim to receive workers’ compensation. In order to be eligible for these benefits, you must demonstrate that you are suffering from a serious or chronic physical impairment that prevents you from working or limits your ability to perform your current job responsibilities. You also must prove that it was the activity or environment within your workplace that caused your specific impairment. If your job requires you to repeat the same motions over and over, it can eventually take a severe toll on your body, limiting your ability to work or perform your current duties.
The following are four of the more common types of repetitive stress injuries that may be classified as an occupational disease:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the wrists
- Epicondylitis in the elbow
- Rotator cuff injury to the shoulder
- Hearing loss
Treatments for these injuries can include rest, reduced hours, modified duties, medical braces, or surgery. Victims of repetitive use injuries should be prepared for insurance companies to argue that the injury is not severe enough to qualify as a disability. These companies may also claim that the injury was caused by something outside of the workplace. At times, experts can be brought in to demonstrate how your injury was caused by your job or workplace.
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