You can’t point to a single moment in time when you got hurt at work, but that won’t prevent you from recovering workers’ compensation if you can prove that your injury was work-related. Some injuries, such as repetitive stress injuries, happen because you do the same tasks over and over. This may result in overuse of part of your body and resulting injuries.
Repetitive stress injuries encompass a lot of different conditions. Centuries ago there were reports of “milkmaid’s arm.” In the early 20th century, “telegraphist’s cramp” and “washerwoman’s thumb” were known conditions that came from the repetitive stress to the body of performing the same tasks repeatedly.
The Problem Is Not Confined to One Industry
While different types of work tasks different parts of the body, the problem of repetitive stress injuries is not limited to one type of worker. Instead, repetitive stress injuries have been found in diverse industries, including:
- Office and professional services.
Regardless of the industry that the worker is in or the specific part of the body that is injured, the process for recovering for work-related injuries is the same.
That Is the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Process
If you have been hurt at work then you must notify your employer of your injury—even if it happened gradually over time. Your employer then has the responsibility to notify its workers’ compensation insurance company and to provide you with medical care that is reasonably suited to your injury.
While the process sounds straightforward, it can be complicated. Your employer and its insurer have a goal of getting you back to work as soon as possible. You, however, want to make a fair recovery. To do that, you need to learn more about your rights after a workplace injury. Our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers can help you understand the benefits that you should recover and we can fight hard to get those benefits for you. To learn more, please start a live chat with us any time. We are here for you every hour of every day.