New Yorkers may be aware that they can receive workers’ compensation benefits for workplace accidents, but they may also be entitled to compensation for repetitive stress, illness or a chronic health conditions that are caused by their job. The pain or injury does not have to be the result of a one-time accident. Sometimes specific job duties, such as typing, bending or lifting, are performed repetitively, causing debilitating pain in discs, joints, muscles and nerves.
Factory workers, construction workers, truck drivers and those who work in desk jobs are most susceptible to these types of injuries, but they can affect virtually anyone. When the pain becomes so unbearable that medical treatment is needed – or worse yet, that the employee must quit his or her job – filing a workers’ compensation claim is a possibility.
There are many types of repetitive stress injuries. They include carpal tunnel, back strains, degenerative discs and joint problems. Occupational diseases include mesothelioma, hearing loss, vision loss and chemical exposure. Certain job duties can cause these conditions to occur. Even if you had a medical condition before you started your job and your duties worsened the condition, you may still be eligible for compensation.
All these injuries can lead to lost wages and medical expenses. Whether it was your fault or someone else’s, it is still possible to file a workers’ compensation claim. These benefits are not based on liability. You may also be able to receive payments for short-term or long-term disability. If this is the case, it helps to have an experienced lawyer on your side. Learn more about the various types of workers’ compensation injuries and your legal rights if you are hurt in the workplace please visit our workers’ compensation webpage.