Repetitive Stress Injury Attorney in Sacramento, California
I'm Cezar J. Torrez from The Law Office of Cezar J. Torrez based in Sacramento, California. If you're going through the hassle of a repetitive stress injury (RSI), I'm here to help you out.
This type of injury, also known as a cumulative trauma disorder or an overuse syndrome, can be caused by motions that you repeat daily at work or during sports activities.
Repetitive stress injuries can manifest in many forms, including carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, bursitis, and tennis elbow. They can lead to symptoms like pain, tingling, numbness, stiffness, weakness, swelling, redness, and clicking or popping in joints. If left untreated, they can result in permanent damage.
Are you looking for guidance with filing a workers' comp claim? Or have you filed a claim and it was denied? No matter where you're at in the process, I can help you seek the result you're looking for. I've dedicated my practice to advocating for injured workers, and I'm ready to fight for your rights.
Common Causes of Work-Related RSIs
Many professions require repetitive motions throughout the workday. Some common causes of RSIs in the workplace include:
Typing on a computer keyboard for extended periods of time, which can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis in the wrists and hands
Using hand tools like hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, or pliers that require frequent gripping and twisting motions, which can lead to trigger finger or bursitis in the hands and fingers
Performing assembly line work or working on an assembly station for prolonged periods of time, which can cause strain on various joints and muscles leading to RSIs
Using vibrating tools like jackhammers and power drills, which can put excessive stress on nerves and muscles
Constantly looking down at a phone or tablet, which can cause strain on the neck and shoulders leading to RSIs
It's important to note that these are just some of the many ways RSIs can develop in the workplace. If you're experiencing pain or discomfort from repetitive motions at work, I'd advise seeking medical attention as soon as possible.
In California, if you've suffered a work injury, it's also important to report it to your employer as soon as possible. The law requires that you notify your employer within 30 days of the injury. If you fail to do so, you may lose your right to receive workers' compensation benefits.
After reporting the injury, you also need to file a workers' compensation claim form (DWC-1) as soon as you can. Your employer should provide this form to you within one working day after the injury is reported. Consult an experienced workers' compensation attorney like myself if you run into any issues or have any questions along the way.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Diagnosis typically involves ultrasound, X-ray, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The treatments for these injuries include
limiting or avoiding the actions causing your symptoms
using ice for swelling and pain
taking over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
doing stretching exercises
undergoing physical therapy or surgery in severe cases
If Left Untreated
If you ignore the symptoms of a repetitive stress injury and continue performing the same motions, your condition may worsen. In some cases, this can result in permanent damage that requires surgery or long-term medical treatment. This can lead to lost wages and even disability.
Also, the longer you wait to seek treatment, the more difficult it may be to prove that your injury is work-related. This can make it challenging to receive workers' compensation benefits or any support whatsoever.
Prevention Is Key
Preventing repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) involves a proactive approach to workplace ergonomics and self-care. Implementing ergonomic workstations that promote good posture can significantly reduce the risk of RSIs. This includes adjustable chairs, computer screens at eye level, and ergonomic keyboards and mice.
Regularly stretching and taking breaks to relieve muscle tension during long periods of repetitive motion can also be beneficial. Additionally, strengthening exercises to build muscle support around vulnerable joints may be advised.
If you're an employer, know that you must promote an environment that encourages frequent rest, rotation of tasks to reduce fatigue, and proper training on the use of tools and equipment. Recognizing the early signs of RSIs and seeking immediate medical care is equally important to prevent further aggravation of the condition.
My Role in Your Workers' Compensation Claim
If your repetitive stress injury has occurred due to your work, you may be eligible for workers' compensation. That's where I come in. I help you file a claim and ensure you receive the medical and disability benefits you deserve. I know how essential early diagnosis and treatment are for your recovery, and I'm committed to helping you get them.
What sets me apart from other lawyers in the area is my focused experience in workers' compensation, strong work ethic, and commitment to achieving the best outcomes for my clients. I understand the challenges that injured workers face, and it's my mission to provide empathetic, professional, and reassuring support to those seeking workers' compensation benefits.
Sacramento Repetitive Stress Injury Attorney
If you're dealing with a repetitive stress injury and need legal assistance to seek workers' compensation benefits, don't hesitate to reach out. Schedule your free initial consultation today. Let's work together to ensure you get the support you need during this challenging time. I represent clients throughout East Sacramento, Oak Park, South Natomas, North Sacramento, West Sacramento, North Natomas, Arden-Arcade, Rosemont, Lemon Hill, Pocket, and Riverview.