If you were to survey all employees in Florida regarding how many types of duties they regularly perform at work, many would likely say they basically do the same thing day in and day out, without much variation. Perhaps your own workplace duties pretty much stay the same from one day to the next. You might also be among those who prefer it that way since it’s often easier to perfect a craft when one is able to practice it a lot.
When it comes to workplace duties, however, your job may become a personal risk if you suffer a repetitive stress injury. This type of injury comes from repeating the same motion or holding the same posture or performing the same task over and over again, in time causing injury (and often chronic pain) to one or more parts of your body. If this happens to you, one of your first questions might be whether you are eligible to file a disability claim.
First things first: Things to know about repetitive stress injuries
Perhaps you wake up for work on a particular morning and feel pain in a certain part of your body. How do you know if you’re just having a bad day or if there’s a more serious underlying problem? The following list includes information that may help you determine whether you might be suffering from a repetitive stress injury:
- If your job involves tasks that require you to perform the same body motion many times or necessitates you maintaining an awkward posture or body position in order to carry out specific tasks, you may be at risk for a repetitive stress injury.
- Some workplace duties that often lead to such injuries include typing on a keyboard, lifting heavy boxes, scanning items on a conveyor belt or playing musical instruments.
- Body parts most often affected by repeated stress injuries include the neck, back, wrists, shoulders and hands.
- There are several types of symptoms common among repetitive stress injury patients. If you suffer numbness, fatigue, tingling in an appendage or chronic pain, you may want to seek immediate medical attention to determine whether a repetitive stress injury may be the cause.
This list is by no means extensive because no two situations are exactly the same. The way your body presents symptoms of repetitive stress injury may be different than another person’s experience. The bottom line is that if you suspect you have an injury, you should seek medical attention and report any positive findings to your employer right away.
How to know if you qualify for disability benefits
Even if you’re sure (because you have a medical diagnosis) you have a repetitive stress injury, it might not be immediately clear whether you’re eligible for disability benefits. The next list provides basic facts that may be help you to determine:
- If you have written documentation from a physician stating that your injury adversely affects your ability to do your job, you may be eligible for disability benefits.
- Appropriate work history information can help a disability examiner determine whether your claim should be approved.
- Your medical records are a main source of evidence beyond any documentation you receive from the physician who actually diagnosed your condition. You’d also want to show records from MRIs or other scans, physical therapy treatments, blood work, etc.
A person looking at you for the first time may not be able to tell you have an injury. Many repetitive stress injuries are not noticeable at first glance. This is one of many reasons a paper trail is so important to help substantiate a disability claim.
There’s a strong support network available in Florida for those needing experienced guidance and assistance regarding repetitive stress injuries and disability benefits claims. Such support can help you get the benefits you need to achieve as full a recovery as possible.