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You may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation for work-related injuries even when there was NO Acute Accident at work
Most people think that there needs to be an acute, identifiable accident to receive benefits for a work-related injury. But that is NOT necessarily the case,” said Marietta WC Attorney Ramiro Rodriguez, Jr.
Georgia law recognizes Repetitive Motion Work injuries.
These injuries may develop over time, with no sudden accident or moment of injury. Instead, these are injuries that occur from repeatedly performing the same motion over and over as part of your job. These injuries can cause significant damage and result in an inability to work and may qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits.
We all know that doing the same physical motion over and over can eventually cause damage to joints, muscles, tendons, and bones. If your job requires you to perform a repeated physical motion over and over and has resulted in an injury such as tendonitis, bursitis, Carpal Tunnel, Cubital Tunnel, herniated discs, torn ACL or Rotator Cuff, etc., for which you need medical treatment, or has caused you to have to stop working, you may be entitled to compensation. Georgia law provides some significant benefits for these kinds of work-related injuries, even when there was no “accident,” which caused them.
But the difficult part is that you must still establish that your injury was caused by and occurred “in the course and scope of your employment.” The tough part about these claims is that they involve types of injuries that occur over time, so there is no one point at which the injury happened. You must prove that your job and the repetitive motion required to do your job resulted in the injury. That causal link can be difficult to establish. Still, an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer will be familiar with Repetitive Motion Injuries and will be able to determine if you have a strong claim.
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What to Do If You Are Suffering from a Repetitive Motion Injury?
If you are suffering from a repetitive injury, it is very important that you see your doctor as soon as possible and that you make sure the doctor understands the kind of work you are doing and the repetitive motion that is involved in that work. Ideally, you want your doctor to link the work you are doing to your injury. These are not easy cases to prove, but if you think you may have such a claim, you should pursue it and seek the compensation that you deserve, and that Georgia law provides.
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