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Repetitive Stress Injury
Attorney in Hanover Park, Illinois

Employees who perform repetitive work-related activities—such as keyboarding, assembly line work, or heavy lifting—are highly susceptible to repetitive stress injuries. Over time, these repetitive tasks affect soft body tissues, ligaments, and muscles; and they may result in physical injuries and pain. However, repetitive motion injuries like tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) usually take a long time to show up. 

If you believe that a repetitive motion at work caused your injury or health condition, you may be entitled to seek benefits through a workers' compensation claim. At Maritote Law, we're dedicated to offering personalized guidance and compassionate representation to clients in their repetitive stress injury claims. Our highly-skilled Illinois workers' compensation attorney can advocate for your best interests and help you pursue the maximum available compensation for your injuries. 

Maritote Law proudly serves clients across Hanover Park, Illinois, and surrounding areas, including Schaumburg, Rosedale, Cook County, and Bloomingdale. 

What Is a Repetitive Stress Injury?

A repetitive stress injury—also referred to as repetitive motion injury—can be described as a temporary or permanent injury that occurs from performing repetitive or frequent motions. A repetitive motion injury damages the muscles, soft tissues, nerves, tendons, and ligaments in the body. Common areas that are affected include the lower back, wrist, neck, knees, elbow, shoulder, and joints. Depending on the severity of the RSI, the patient may experience difficulties or become unable to work. 

Examples of Repetitive Stress Injuries 

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome 

  • Chronic neck pain 

  • Bursitis 

  • Trigger finger 

  • Tenosynovitis 

  • Lower back pain 

  • Tendonitis 

  • Rotator cuff injuries 

  • Tennis elbow (Epicondylitis) 

  • Telegraphists cramp 

  • Chronic knee injuries 

  • Hearing loss from continuous exposure to loud noises 

  • Cubital tunnel syndrome 

  • Back injuries from heavy lifting 

If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury, you need to speak with a trusted workers' compensation attorney immediately. Your lawyer can accurately document your injuries, fight to ensure that you receive adequate treatment, and help file your claims. 

Symptoms of Repetitive Stress Injuries 

  • Swelling 

  • Pain, tenderness, or aching 

  • Tingling sensation or numbness 

  • Throbbing 

  • Reduced flexibility 

  • Limited range of motion 

  • Weakness 

  • Loss of strength or coordination 

  • Cramping 

  • Stiffness 

  • Sensitivity to heat or cold 

Once you notice any of these symptoms, you should get diagnosed, especially if your type of employment or work-related activities exposes you to increased risks of repetitive strain injuries. 

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Who Is At Risk?

Some common professions with increased risk of repetitive motion injuries are as follows: 

  • Professional athletes 

  • Carpenters 

  • Agricultural workers 

  • Office workers 

  • Medical providers, including nurses, surgeons, and doctors 

  • Bus and truck drivers 

  • Bricklayers 

  • Firefighters 

  • Janitors and housekeepers 

  • Musicians 

  • Delivery workers 

  • Welders 

  • Textile workers 

  • Workers in food processing 

  • Hairdressers 

  • Grocery and stock workers 

An experienced Illinois repetitive stress injuries attorney can assess your unique circumstances and determine if you have a workers' compensation claim.   

Can I File a Workers' Comp Claim for an RSI?

Under Illinois workers' comp laws, repetitive stress injuries are usually considered work-related injuries or illnesses. Therefore, workers who sustain a repetitive motion injury may be eligible to recover benefits for their injuries by filing workers' compensation claims. However, it is important that you file your claim within the required time period for filing. 

Deadline to File

In Illinois, injured workers are required to report their injuries or illnesses to their employer within 45 days of the work-related accident. In addition, the injured employee must bring their workers' compensation claim within three years of the accident, injury, or occupational disease. 

However, due to the fact that most repetitive motion injuries take an extended period to manifest, the filing deadline will start on the day you were diagnosed with an RSI. A seasoned lawyer can walk you through the claims process and help pursue your workers' compensation benefits. 

Available Benefits

Here are some of the benefits that you can recover by filing a workers' comp claim for your repetitive stress injury in Illinois: 

  • Medical benefits 

  • Temporary total disability (TTD) if you're unable to work while you recover. 

  • Replacement of lost wages 

  • Vocational rehabilitation and maintenance benefit 

  • Disfigurement benefits 

  • Permanent total disability benefits if you lose some parts of your body. 

  • Death benefits and burial expenses 

A dedicated attorney can fight for your rights, help file your workers' compensation claims, and help you seek your deserved financial justice. 

Work With a Knowledgeable Workers' Compensation Attorney

A repetitive motion injury can affect your health, damage soft body tissues, or make you unable to perform your routine daily tasks. However, filing a workers' compensation claim in Illinois for your repetitive stress injuries might involve a lot of complexities. Therefore, working with a knowledgeable workers' compensation attorney is paramount for detailed guidance and to protect your rights. 

At Maritote Law, our attorney is poised and ready to support and represent clients in their workers' compensation claims. As your legal counsel, we can evaluate your unique situation, document your injuries, and help file your workers' comp claims. In addition, our attorney will handle all discussions with the workers' comp insurance provider and help you negotiate the maximum available benefits.  

Repetitive Stress Injuries Attorney in Hanover Park, Illinois

If you suspect that your injury or medical condition might be due to repetitive work tasks, contact us at Maritote Law today for a simple case assessment. Our trusted attorney can offer you the reliable advocacy and support you need when filing your workers' compensation claims. We're proud to serve clients across Hanover Park, Schaumburg, Rosedale, Cook County, and Bloomingdale, Illinois.