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Is a repetitive stress injury covered by worker’s compensation?

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

Repetitive stress injuries are common in just about every industry. This includes those who work in offices, butchers, carpenters, electricians, computer jobs, delivery, warehouses, assembly lines and more.

These injuries happen when there is stress to one part of the body by the same movements happening over a period. This leads to inflammation, pain, swelling, muscle strain and tissue damage to the area, typically the joints. Here are some common types of repetitive stress injuries:

  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Epicondylitis
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • Hearing loss
  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendonitis

Though repetitive stress injuries are common, Virginia is one of the few states that does not cover the majority of them in worker’s compensation. The state regulations say that covered injuries must have happened suddenly and at a specific time while at work or a work-related function. Because repetitive stress injuries develop over time, they do not qualify. They also do not cover “ordinary diseases of life,” which includes repetitive stress injuries like hearing loss and carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you are suffering from an injury at work, first talk to your doctor. Then, talk to a worker’s compensation attorney to find out how you can get the compensation that you need to cover your medical bills, time missed from work and other related expenses. They can help you file your state claim and make sure that you are getting the best chance possible at getting coverage.