Not all workplace injuries can be attributed to an accident or one solitary event. Oftentimes, injuries occur as a result of performing an action multiple times over a long period, and these are known as repetitive motion injuries. These repetitive motion injuries can result from sustaining an unnatural working position, continually putting strain on a particular joint or muscle, or an accumulation of stresses on one part of the body. Whichever of these categories your repetitive motion injury falls under, you may need extensive medical treatment, therapy, and even surgical procedures as you recuperate. Although your claim for workers’ compensation benefits, while you are unable to work during this time, maybe perfectly valid, it is not uncommon for employers or their insurance companies to minimize, or outright reject requests.
If you have had your workers compensation claim rejected, or feel that you have been offered an unacceptably low amount, a Palmdale repetitive motion injury attorney from Koszdin, Fields & Sherry could use our extensive and relevant legal experience to recover what you truly deserve. We would be delighted to add you to the list of thousands of California workers we have successfully litigated over the past six decades.
What Constitutes a Repetitive Motion Injury in California?
Repetitive motion injuries, which can also be referred to as cumulative trauma injuries or overuse injuries, can be debilitating to the point where you are unable to work. While your injury may well be relatively easily repaired using surgical procedures or rehabilitative physical therapy, this all comes at a cost – one you could do without while you are off work and unable to earn. Workers’ compensation benefits were designed to cover the costs of the medical treatment you require, as well as a proportion of your average earnings. When your employer rejects your claim for worker’s compensation, you may be tempted to grit your teeth and continue working through the pain, but this is highly dangerous and may lead to permanent nerve damage and disability.
Instead of working yourself into an irreparable situation, hiring a Palmdale repetitive motion injury attorney from Koszdin, Fields & Sherry could ensure you recover the benefits you are entitled to when your work has resulted in injury. Our experience and knowledge mean we can successfully secure benefits for all manner of overuse or cumulative trauma injuries, with some of our previous successes relating to:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrists and hands
- Shoulder injuries (rotator cuff, torn labrum)
- Tendinitis of the elbow or knee
- Lower back strains from repeated lifting, bending, or hunching
- Vibration injuries in the hands and finger
Your repetitive motion injury may have a domino effect on other areas of your life – for example, you may be unable to sleep due to pain or discomfort, or you may develop an injury in another limb due to overcompensation.
Preparing for the Initial Consultation With a Palmdale Repetitive Motion Injury Attorney
You do not have to worry about whether you can afford to hire a Palmdale repetitive motion injury lawyer if such a concern is stopping you from seeking the legal representation you deserve. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. That means that we do not charge any legal fees upfront when we agree to represent our clients.
Instead, we only charge for our services if we recover compensation for you first. As such, you are not taking on additional financial risk by hiring us to handle your case. After all, you may already have such expenses as medical bills to worry about. You should not have to add to those worries.
Be aware that the initial consultation with a member of the team at our Palmdale repetitive motion injury law firm is also free, and you have no obligation to hire us if you decide you do not want to at the end of the consultation.
This first consultation should serve to provide us with a clear overview of your circumstances so we can determine if you have grounds to seek compensation. We will be best equipped to evaluate your case if you take certain steps to prepare for your initial consultation. Specifically, if possible, you should:
- Gather your medical records: Recovering compensation typically requires establishing a clear link between the injuries you have developed and the tasks you have been required to perform at work. Medical records can play a valuable role in establishing such a link. Because you have likely seen a doctor to seek treatment for a repetitive motion injury, you should be able to secure copies of medical records which you can bring to your consultation.
- Gather official descriptions of your work duties: Do any documents related to your responsibilities as an employee specifically describe the tasks you may have been required to perform? Bring copies of these documents with you when meeting with an attorney if so. Such documents will also help you demonstrate that you legitimately developed an injury resulting from the nature of your work.
- Draft a narrative: When preparing for a consultation with a Palmdale repetitive motion injury attorney, write up a basic narrative describing what you do for work (or used to do) when you began doing that type of work, when you first noticed symptoms of your injury, and when you sought medical treatment. This can serve to establish a timeline that may strengthen the argument that you developed your injuries because a work task involved repetitive motion that put excessive strain on certain areas of your body.
Do not worry if you are unable to take all these steps before meeting with a lawyer. For example, you might not be able to provide any official contract or similar documentation describing the exact nature of the tasks your job required you to perform. This should not stop you from meeting with one of our legal experts to discuss your case.
How Could a Repetitive Motion Injury Lawyer Help Me?
When you choose to hire a repetitive motion injury lawyer from our firm to represent you, you immediately benefit from over 60 years of relevant legal experience, and countless successful verdicts.
To learn more about how we could prove the link between your work and your injury, thus recovering the settlement you deserve, schedule your free initial consultation by calling us today at 800-747-3447.