Do repetitive injuries lead to extensive time off work?

On Behalf of | Sep 7, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

Workers who perform similar duties every day in Illinois might appreciate the routine. Even when the specifics of a job change, the correct ways to use tools, operate equipment or carry out standard tasks don’t change. A drawback here involves repetitive motion-related strains. In time, performing the same physical actions could lead to injuries that require time off from work for recovery.

Repetitive injuries on the job

Repetitive strain injuries come from overusing the muscles, tendons or nerves. Performing the same physical motions repeatedly may cause the condition.

Slip-and-fall incidents or other unexpected accidents may lead to lengthy stays away from the job, but repetitive strain injuries can be just as devastating to a worker. Somewhat surprisingly, a 2016 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study revealed that repetitive injuries led to the most extensive time away from work.

Perhaps some workers don’t seek treatment right away when repetitive injuries appear. Ignoring the problem and continuing to work might make things worse. Once the injury becomes too much to bear, taking time off for medical care and rehab might be necessary.

Treatment and rest for repetitive motion injuries

Once a physician diagnoses a repetitive motion injury, the prescribed treatment will depend upon the injury’s specifics. One worker may need to stay home from work for a few days while another might need to rest for several weeks.

A doctor might prescribe therapeutic drugs or even recommend surgery. Hopefully, the suggested treatment will lead to a complete recovery and a return to work. Until that time arrives, the patient may wonder about income loss from not working. Based on Illinois’ no-fault workers’ compensation laws, filing a claim and receiving benefits might be an option.

Options may exist for those who suffer permanent disabilities. Following the established steps to apply for workers’ comp benefits may be the right path to follow.