Can I File a Repetitive Stress Injury Workers’ Compensation Claim?

You may be eligible to file a repetitive stress injury workers' compensation claim if you can prove that the injury is job-related. A workers' compensation attorney may be able to help you uncover key evidence to prove that your job or work conditions caused your injury. Additionally, he or she can help you meet important filing deadlines and help you prepare for the workers' compensation hearing. Suffering a sudden, severe work injury isn't an easy experience. You're hurt now, and that can be tough to recover from. Unfortunately, not every accident is a one-time event. Instead, your injury may have built up over time, which can leave you with a major injury over that time.  When this happens, you may be asking, “Can I file a repetitive stress injury workers' compensation claim?” To understand your options, you may need to speak to an attorney. Your lawyer may have the tools to help you get the answers you need about your specific injury. 

Claiming a Repetitive Stress Injury for Workers' Compensation Benefits

Fortunately, your employer's Iowa workers' compensation insurance may cover your work-related injuries. This coverage typically covers all injuries you may have suffered that relate to your job. Iowa law provides for multiple types of disability benefits to account for varying degrees of injuries and how they impact each worker. Although repetitive motion injuries may be more difficult to prove, they’re no less eligible for workers compensation.  These injuries are typically caused by repeated motions that happen within the scope of your job. For example, a chef may chop vegetables during every shift, and that chopping motion can wear on the elbow and wrist over time. Many office workers also suffer from carpal tunnel caused by regular typing, which can require wrist or hand surgery.  If you’ve suffered a repetitive stress injury, you may first need to speak to your doctor about a diagnosis and proof that the injury is related to your job. Once you have this evidence, you can seek workers' comp benefits for your injury

Filing a Repetitive Stress Injury Workers' Compensation Claim

Your workers' compensation benefits should cover all losses you’ve suffered because of your injuries. These losses can disrupt your life and make it impossible to work, so it’s important to seek out all compensation needed for your injuries.  First, you need coverage for your medical expenses. Your injury could require ongoing therapy or even surgery to repair the damage. When that happens, you should receive compensation for all the expenses accrued for your treatment You should also receive wage replacement benefits, which will vary depending on whether you’re able to work. If you’re facing total disability because of your injury, you should receive up to 80 percent of your original wages while you’re recovering.  If you’re able to work at all, you may be on light duty, which means you could be receiving a smaller paycheck for your work. Fortunately, your workers' comp benefits can help make up the difference. These benefits may cover up to two-thirds of the difference between your original income and your current one. 

Connect with a Workers' Comp Lawyer for Iowa Stress Injuries

When you’ve suffered a major work injury, you need the assistance of workers' comp benefits to help pay for your injuries and losses. However, you might not be sure whether you can get Iowa workers' comp benefits for a repetitive stress injury. A workers' compensation attorney can help you understand and protect your legal rights to receive stress-related workers' compensation benefits. He or she can also help you avoid the common mistakes that harm a work injury claim. A lawyer from Pothitakis Law Firm may be able to help you file a repetitive stress injury workers' compensation claim. Starting with a free consultation, we can review your case and help you seek the benefits you need for a full recovery. If you’re struggling to overcome your injuries, your Iowa lawyer can get started, but only when you call 866-753-4692 or complete the online form below. 
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For the past 15 years Mr. Pothitakis has focused his practice on Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Cases. The firm has two locations, one being in Burlington, Iowa and the other in Keokuk, Iowa. Mr. Pothitakis works with many area unions and employee organizations to provide advice, assistance, and guidance as it relates to employment issues. Mr. Pothitakis provides free consultations to those with legal questions in the firm's areas of practice. In this initial meeting or conference potential clients are provided advice on their need for assistance and how they need to proceed.