If you have ever developed a niggle in a limb you have been placing an unusual amount of strain on, you will know that sometimes injuries can develop over time. While it is not uncommon for any of us to develop aches and pains after a busy period, when these repetitive motion injuries mean you are unable to work, they become a significant problem. You may have heard of workers compensation benefits, which are payable to Lancaster employees who have been injured in the workplace, but were you aware that this compensation could be payable in cases involving repetitive motion injury, rather than being exclusively available to those who had been injured in a workplace accident?
Silent workplace injuries, or repetitive motion injuries, commonly occur amongst the numerous California workers employed within jobs which require them to carry out the same action over and over again. Whether your job involves repeating the same action or movement throughout the majority of your working hours, or maintaining an unnatural and uncomfortable position, if you develop a repetitive motion injury, a Koszdin, Fields & Sherry attorney could help you claim workers compensation benefits.
Common Types of Repetitive Motion Injury in Lancaster
Do not fall into the trap of believing that workers compensation benefits are only available to those who have been injured through a sudden, unexpected accident at work. Injuries caused by the requirement to repeat motions are equally valid and, as such, can be considered compensable conditions.
If you are unsure what a repetitive motion injury is, our Lancaster attorneys have successfully handled cases involving each of the following:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Back injury
- Muscle strain
- Shoulder joint injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
This is by no means an exhaustive list and, if you are in pain and unable to carry out your usual everyday tasks due to your job, a Lancaster repetitive motion injury attorney could utilize their extensive legal experience on your behalf.
Do I Really Need a Lancaster Repetitive Motion Injury Attorney When Filing a Workers Compensation Benefits Claim?
There is no legal requirement for you to instruct an attorney to handle your repetitive motion injury claim, in Lancaster or elsewhere in the United States, however, your chances of successfully recovering the true amount you are entitled to can be greatly improved when you choose to do so.
We understand that repetitive motion injury can take a long time to heal and recover from and that this recovery period places huge financial strain on you and your family. Our Lancaster repetitive motion injury attorneys boast a unique combination of knowledge, experience, empathy, and understanding, with the aggressive and comprehensive approach you need from a successful lawyer.
At Koszdin, Fields & Sherry, our attorneys are familiar with all aspects of state labor law, and experienced in handling underpaid or denied workers compensation benefits claims. To learn more about how these skills could be used to your advantage, schedule an initial consultation today by calling our Lancaster repetitive motion injury attorneys on 818-812-5639.
Preparing for Your Initial Consultation With a Lancaster Repetitive Motion Injury Attorney
It is helpful to prepare certain documentation ahead of time before meeting with a Lancaster repetitive motion injury lawyer. The more prepared you are, the more productive your initial consultation will be.
Ways to prepare include the following:
- Gathering medical records: To recover compensation, you will likely need to provide evidence indicating you have genuinely developed what qualifies as a repetitive motion injury and that there is strong evidence to suggest that your injury resulted from tasks you were required to perform at work. This evidence may at least partially come in the form of medical records and statements from a physician.
- Gathering evidence that your work duties involved repetitive motion: This type of evidence may be more difficult to collect, but if possible, bring to your consultation any evidence showing that your work duties genuinely involved performing tasks that could result in repetitive motion injuries. For example, your contract or similar work-related documentation may describe the types of tasks you would be required to perform.
- Drafting a basic narrative: Again, because repetitive motion injuries develop over time, they are quite unique when compared to the other types of injuries workers may sustain in on-the-job accidents. To establish a connection between your injuries and your work duties, and to show that you sought medical attention properly when your injuries became apparent to you, draft a basic narrative explaining when you noticed symptoms of your injuries and when you saw a doctor discuss them.
It’s still very wise to consult with a Lancaster repetitive motion injury lawyer even if you are unable to gather this type of documentation. You will simply provide a lawyer with a better sense of how strong your case maybe if you prepare for your initial consultation by taking such steps as these. When you enter into such an agreement with a lawyer, you will not be charged any attorney fees upfront. A lawyer’s fees will typically consist of a percentage of the compensation they recover for you. Thus, if you do not win your case, you do not have to pay.
Can I Afford to Hire a Repetitive Motion Injury Lawyer in Lancaster?
This is an understandable question. If you’ve developed a repetitive motion injury, you will likely have medical bills to pay. It’s also possible your injury will make it difficult for you to perform your work duties going forward. You may question why you should risk adding to your financial burden by hiring a lawyer when it is not possible to guarantee you will recover compensation.
This is a natural concern, but it is not one you need to have. Our attorneys do not believe someone struggling with an injury should also need to struggle with anxiety regarding whether they can justify the cost of seeking the legal representation they deserve.
That is why we enter into contingency fee agreements with our clients when we agree to work with one another. This type of arrangement serves to virtually eliminate the financial risk a claimant takes when hiring an attorney to represent them.