Claiming A Repetitive Strain Injury At Work
Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), also commonly known as cumulative trauma, repetitive stress and repetitive motion injuries, are caused by work that is repetitive in nature. Lifting, bending, turning and pulling are just a few of the types of motions that can lead to a repetitive strain injury. Our team at Atkinson Gerber Law Office has extensive experience representing people with these painful and debilitating injuries.
Cumulative Trauma Injuries
Because cumulative trauma occurs over a period of months or even years, most workers do not instinctively know to report a repetitive strain injury when they first start experiencing symptoms. After symptoms worsen and/or a diagnosis by a doctor is obtained, then the worker typically reports the injury to his or her employer. At this point, it is also critically important to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney for legal guidance and protection. Often, repetitive strain injuries require surgery and rehabilitation.
Contact our experienced lawyers at Atkinson Gerber Law Office to learn more about claiming a repetitive strain injury at work. Some common repetitive injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Ganglion cyst
- Raynaud’s disease
- Nerve compression
- Repetitive injury to the wrist, shoulder or hands
- Repetitive injury to the back, spine or neck, including cervical radiculopathy
- Repetitive knee injury
Cumulative injuries are also commonly called Gillette injuries in Minnesota, due to a precedent-setting case in the Minnesota Supreme Court. Gillette v. Harold, Inc., established that, even though a worker can sustain a repetitive injury over the course of several different jobs and employers, the last employer (where the worker was employed at the time the injury worsened to the point where he or she could no longer work) is considered liable for the injury.
To learn more about repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) and workers’ compensation in Minnesota, contact our team at Atkinson Gerber Law Office. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 651-333-3636. We can be reached 24/7 with our after-hours answering service and are available to schedule consultations to meet at your convenience. If your injury prevents you from visiting our staff in the office, we are happy to make home, hospital and off-site consultations by appointment. We represent clients in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and throughout Minnesota.