Des Moines Repetitive Stress Injury Lawyer
Helping You Seek Compensation for Cumulative Work Injuries
While many people think of traumatic accidents and injuries when they think of workers’ compensation claims, the fact is, many people suffer repetitive stress injuries every year. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as many as 1.8 million Americans suffer repetitive stress injuries every year. These injuries can be extremely painful and just as debilitating as more traumatic types of injuries.
If you suffered a repetitive stress injury as a result of your employment, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation. In Iowa, employers are responsible for having workers’ compensation insurance for their employees; you have the right to request benefits to assist with your medical expenses and lost wages, and King Law, PLLC can help.
Attorney Mark King is an experienced Des Moines repetitive stress injury lawyer who understands Iowa workers’ compensation law from both sides. His past experience in employer and insurance defense allows him invaluable insights into how the other side operates. He knows how to fight back against insurance companies’ tactics to dispute or devalue workers’ comp claims and, over the years, he has recovered millions of dollars for injured workers throughout Iowa.
Examples of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Simply put, repetitive stress injuries, or RSIs, are injuries that occur over time due to sustained motions. Workers in any industry and at any job are at risk of suffering RSIs, as just about any form of employment requires workers to perform repetitive tasks. These types of injuries can affect different areas of the body, including the back, neck, shoulders, wrists, hands, and feet.
Common examples of repetitive stress injuries include:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Chronic neck or back pain
- Chronic knee pain
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Lateral epicondylitis (“tennis elbow”)
- Hip injuries
Notably, even if you have a preexisting condition, you can still seek workers’ compensation benefits if you can prove that your injury was substantially aggravated by your work-related activities. It’s important that you work with a Des Moines repetitive stress injury lawyer if this is the case, as these types of claims are often very complex and difficult to prove without the help of an experienced attorney.
What to Do If You Suffer a Repetitive Stress Injury
Unlike traumatic work-related injuries, repetitive stress injuries are not typically obvious right away. While Iowa workers’ compensation law requires you to report all work-related injuries to your employer within 90 days, the clock typically doesn’t begin ticking for repetitive stress injuries on the day on which you first experienced the injury but, rather, on the day you were made aware (or should have been aware) that your injury was work-related. Most often, this is the day on which you receive a diagnosis from a qualified medical professional.
It’s always important to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. In addition to the 90-day timeline to report your injury to your employer, you must file your workers’ compensation claim within two years. If you wish to request additional benefits, you must do so within three years.
Filing for workers’ compensation in Iowa can be complicated. While your employer should inform their insurance provider and the Workers’ Compensation Commissioner of your injury after being informed of it, some employers do not take this necessary step. You could experience delays or disputes regarding your claim, particularly if your employer or their insurance company tries to argue that your injury is not work-related.
Why You Need an Attorney on Your Side
A repetitive stress injury attorney will be able to fight back against unjust employer and insurance company tactics, including attempts to dispute or deny your claim. At King Law, PLLC, Attorney King has past experience representing these entities and, as such, he knows how they operate. He is prepared to put this knowledge and experience on your side.
Because King Law, PLLC takes a very limited number of cases, Attorney King is able to provide every single client with the attentive, personalized legal services they deserve. Every client is treated as the only client, with all the firm’s resources, energy, and time poured into helping each client navigate the legal process.
Additionally, the firm offers contingency fee services, meaning you do not owe any attorney’s fees unless you receive compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.