Repetitive Strain Injury
Work-related injuries caused by repetitive motion or strain can significantly impact your ability to work and your quality of life.
If you have suffered a repetitive strain injury as a result of your job, you may be entitled to workers' compensation.
Attorney Gilbert Fisher, with offices in Fresno and Salinas, CA, helps workers suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome and more.
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As someone who lost his father to a work-related injury, Mr. Fisher understands the difficulties you are facing. Assisting workers after a work-related accident or injury is his passion.
He can provide a fair and honest assessment of your situation and help you understand your rights under California law. Mr. Fisher is prepared to aggressively pursue your case to help you secure the best possible outcome if your work duties have resulted in carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, or another repetitive strain injury (RSI).
If you have suffered repetitive strain or another on-the-job injury, contact us online or call our Fresno office:
What Is a Repetitive Strain Injury?
Injury from Prolonged Repetitive Action
The term "repetitive strain injury" (RSI) refers to a number of conditions and injuries that involve damage to the musculoskeletal or nervous system. These conditions can be caused by repetitive use, vibrations, compression, long periods in a fixed position, or long periods that require a certain posture. Many people associate office work with repetitive strain injuries, but there are many other professions in which workers may be affected. Cleaning service staff, kitchen staff, construction workers, and commercial truck drivers are just a few of the professionals who can be affected by an RSI.
Why You Need Representation
Unlike a sudden workplace accident, the issues associated with a repetitive strain injury develop over time, but the effects can be just as devastating to your health and ability to work. If you have been injured as a result of your working conditions, you may have grounds for a workers' compensation claim. An attorney like Mr. Fisher can help you file your claim in a way that clearly demonstrates that your RSI is a result of your job duties, as well as the degree to which it has compromised your ability to perform your job. Mr. Fisher can also determine the amount of financial compensation needed to cover the cost of related medical bills and lost wages.
More on Repetitive Strain Injuries Directly From Mr. Fisher
You Don't Pay Unless You Win
Mr. Fisher wants all workers to have access to qualified representation after a work-related injury, regardless of their financial situation. His workers' compensation services are offered on a contingency basis. This means that you will not pay for legal services unless the outcome of your case is successful. Mr. Fisher's attorney fees will be deducted from your verdict or settlement.
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We Can Appeal a Denial
Employers and their insurance companies often try to deny workers' comp claims. When it comes to repetitive strain injuries, they may become even bolder in their efforts because there was no single, traumatic incident that caused your harm. However, you don't need to give up or start from scratch if your claim has been denied.
Mr. Fisher knows the ins and outs of the workers' compensation appeals process. He also has a background in insurance defense. This gives him critical knowledge of the tactics insurance companies use to deny repetitive strain injury claims. Our firm maintains offices in both Fresno and Salinas, which both have appeals board locations.
Common Symptoms Of a Repetitive Strain Injury
If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, you may have a repetitive strain injury:
- Swollen wrists or hands
- Tingling along your arms, neck, or shoulders
- Tingling or numbness in your extremities
- Throbbing in your arms
- Pain in your back when changing posture
- Stiffness in your joints, such as the knees and elbows
- Pain or tenderness in your muscles, tendons, or ligaments
- Sensitivity to temperature (extreme cold or heat)
If you believe these symptoms are due to a work-related RSI, contact our Salinas or Fresno, CA, offices to explore your options.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Is Unfortunately Widespread
In 2018, the CDC released a report on carpal tunnel syndrome in California's workers. They found an average of nearly 20,000 cases of carpal tunnel syndrome reported each year.
The greatest number of cases came from public administration workers. Higher rates of carpal tunnel syndrome were also found in telephone operators and the food service industry, along with electrical workers and electromechanical assemblers.
The First Steps to Take If You Have Suffered a Work-Related RSI
Promptly Seek Medical Attention
It is important to receive a diagnosis and treatment for your RSI as soon as possible. Explain to your doctor that your injury is job-related, and describe your workplace conditions and responsibilities.
According to California law, if you have predesignated your regular doctor by providing their name and address to your employer before you are injured, you have the right to receive a diagnosis and care from that doctor in the event of a work-related injury. However, you must have your own health insurance to choose your doctor, and some employers work with network-restricted insurance providers.
Secure Legal Representation
Filing a workers' comp claim isn't simple. By securing the representation of a workers' compensation lawyer, you can take comfort in knowing that someone with an intimate knowledge of California workers' comp laws is filing your claim, compiling valuable evidence, and helping you take all the right steps to achieve a successful outcome. Your attorney can also make certain that the amount of compensation offered will truly cover your immediate losses, as well as those that you may experience in the future, such as an inability to work. Meanwhile, if your employer tries to retaliate in any way, Mr. Fisher can help you take the appropriate legal action.
File Your Claim as Soon as Possible
Workers' comp claims should be filed within 30 days of an injury, but when it comes to a repetitive strain injury, it can be a bit more difficult to know when it's time to take action. In these cases, the clock starts ticking as soon as you have both missed work due to the injury and learned your symptoms are the result of work duties (usually because you were told by your doctor). Provide a detailed description of your injury, including all affected body parts. If you do not inform your employer within 30 days, you may not be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. Mr. Fisher can help you with every step of this process.
You Have the Right To a Second Opinion
And a third, and so on. If you are dissatisfied with the medical attention you have received for your RSI, you can seek out another doctor for diagnosis and treatment. However, you may have to stay within your provider network for subsequent opinions.
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