Workers’ Comp For Repetitive Stress Injuries
In Minnesota, repetitive stress injuries are some of the most common types of work-related injuries. They are also some of the most difficult to identify. The act of being on your feet all day long or repetitively lifting objects may eventually result in injury to the back, legs or shoulders, especially if you have been performing these activities for years.
You May Not Realize That You Have Been Injured
It may sound surprising, but often you may not realize that you have suffered a work injury. You probably don’t associate a repetitive stress injury as being a workers’ comp injury because there was no accident or specific incident that caused the injury.
It is often discovered when something else leads to a visit with a doctor, who tells them that their work has caused, aggravated or accelerated their condition. By that time, it may have become a serious or permanent injury.
How Workers’ Compensation Handles Repetitive Stress Claims
Even though an injury to the back, neck, shoulder, knee or another body part may have its origins through years of general wear and tear, much of that wear and tear likely occurred on the job and it is compensable under Minnesota workers’ compensation system.
Short Time Limits On Workers’ Compensation Claims
Minnesota has restrictive time limits on pursuing a workers’ compensation claim. You have six years from the time you are injured/realize you are injured to file a claim. You must report your injury within 14 days of discovering that you were injured.
You may still report your injury within 30 days, but you risk having your claim denied if your employer can show that your late reporting placed them at a disadvantage. You should report your injury as soon as you realize that you are injured. Even if you did not report on time, our lawyer can explain your options and help you bring the claim.
The Value Of Having An Attorney Assist With This Claim
At Thill & Freeman, PLLC, our attorney, Mark Freeman, has years of experience with workers’ compensation law. Regardless of your injury, we help you understand the process and the potential benefits to which you may be entitled.
Don’t Delay – Contact Us Today
Employees have a very short window of time to report an injury. To schedule a free initial consultation to talk about your repetitive stress injury with our Minneapolis lawyer, call 952-232-1752 or email the firm.