Experienced Attorneys For Injured Pennsylvania Workers
For a free consultation about what repetitive stress injury claims are and what needs to be done to pursue workers’ compensation benefits for those injuries, call our experienced work injury lawyers at 215-512-1500 or contact us online.
Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers, Jeffrey S. Gross and Patrick W. Kenny, along with their associates have focused exclusively on representing injured Pennsylvania workers for more than 20 years.
A wide range of injuries and conditions have been associated with work-related repetitive stress, including:
- Aggravation of pre-existing conditions
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic joint strain
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Herniated discs
- Nerve root impingement
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy/complex regional pain syndrome
- Shoulder and rotator cuff injuries
What Causes Repetitive Stress Injuries at Work in Philadelphia?
A repetitive stress injury is caused in the same way as an occupational illness or disease – it develops over time from continued exposure to working duties or conditions. People generally receive this diagnosis from their primary physician or a specialist. If you have been diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury or an aggravation of a pre-existing condition and suspect that it is related to your job, it is vital to notify your employer immediately. In fact, the sooner you notify them of your diagnosis, the better. If you fail to notify your employer within 120 days of learning of the causation to your work conditions, you may lose your entitlement to benefits. It is important to speak with a lawyer, as soon as you learn of this condition and its relatedness to work, who has experience with repetitive stress injury claims. There are time limitations associated with these claims. Our lawyers have the experience and know-how to legally establish the critical link between your injury and the work that you do for your employer. This can be a difficult task in Repetitive Stress Injury or Cumulative Trauma Injury cases and is an area where our experience can be invaluable.
Who Qualifies for Workers Comp Benefits in Philadelphia?
Many people who suffer from repetitive stress injuries in Philadelphia are hesitant to seek benefits through their employer’s work comp insurance provider. This is, in part, because they are not aware of the fact that they qualify for work comp benefits.
There are many common misconceptions when it comes to who is eligible for workers’ compensation in the state of Pennsylvania. If you were under the impression that you needed to be a full-time employee, or have been employed with the company for a minimum of ninety days before workers comp coverage is extended to you, you were misinformed.
Under the law, you have the right to workers’ comp coverage from the first day of your employment regardless of whether you work full-time hours or part-time hours.
With that being said, there are many circumstances in which you may find that you are disqualified from benefits. Some of the more common reasons for people to be eligible for workers’ comp benefits include:
- Suffering a self-inflicted injury
- Being drunk or under the influence of drugs when you were injured
- Being in violation of your employer’s code of conduct
- Committing a crime at the time of your injury
Workers' Comp Benefits for Philadelphia Repetitive Stress Injuries
Once your repetitive stress injury lawyer in Philadelphia has helped you submit a complete work comp application, we will wait for your claim to be approved. Once your claim has been approved, you can begin accessing the benefits that are rightfully yours.
To begin, you can expect to collect wage replacement benefits. These will often amount to as much as sixty-six percent of your average weekly wages. Generally, you can continue to collect these benefits until you are able to return to work. However, in some situations, there may be a specific number of weeks that you are allowed to collect benefits before having these benefits terminated.
For reasons like these, it is critical that you have a dedicated Philadelphia repetitive stress injury lawyer advocating for your rights.
But those are not the only benefits that you are entitled to after suffering a repetitive stress injury at work in Philadelphia. You can also expect the insurance company to cover the costs of your medical care as they relate to your work injury, and provide you with on-the-job training if your injury is so severe that you are unable to continue working in the same industry.
If you have questions about how much you could expect your work comp benefits to amount to, contact your repetitive stress injury lawyer to discuss the details of your case.
Did You Suffer a Repetitive Stress Injury at Work? Contact the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP for a Free Consultation
If you have other questions about repetitive stress injuries or cumulative trauma injuries, the rights you have, and the benefits available to you under the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation act, call Gross & Kenny, LLP, at 215-512-1500 or complete our online contact form.
Initial consultations with our work injury lawyers in Philadelphia are free, confidential, and available at mutually convenient times and places. We do not get paid unless you get paid.