Repetitive Trauma Injuries in the South Carolina Workplace
The majority of work-related injuries are not caused by a single dramatic event, such as a worker falling off a ladder or being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Most work injuries arise simply from hard-working employees doing their jobs day after day until the cumulative wear and tear of a task takes a serious toll. It’s the gradual nature of repetitive trauma injuries that may cause them to feel minor pain at first —just a small twinge, minor pain or muscle weakness. You try to ignore the pain and work through it. But rather than disappearing, the pain gradually worsens until there is a debilitating injury.
If you believe that you have suffered a repetitive trauma injury related to work, you will need medical evidence of a direct connection between your work and your injury to obtain workers’ compensation benefits in South Carolina.
Repetitive trauma injury workers’ compensation cases are complicated and require a specific finding of a causal connection by a workers’ compensation commissioner. It’s important to have a highly qualified repetitive trauma attorney advocate on your behalf. Contact an experienced South Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer at the Joye Law Firm to discuss your case and legal options at no charge.
To discuss your workers’ compensation repetitive motion injury, Just Call Joye at (888) 324-3100 or fill out our free online case evaluation form.
Changes to SC Workers’ Compensation Law Regarding Repetitive Trauma Injuries
A repetitive trauma injury is an injury that occurs gradually and is caused by the cumulative effects of repetitive motion, vibration or pressure. Many types of jobs–including construction work, painting, health care, food processing, data entry, manufacturing of transportation equipment, operating heavy equipment and clerical work– involve repetitive tasks.
Repetitive tasks such as lifting, pushing and pulling objects, turning objects, and carrying objects can cause cumulative trauma injuries. Perhaps the most well-known repetitive trauma injury is carpal tunnel syndrome, caused by compression of a nerve within the wrist. For many years, repetitive trauma injuries have been the fastest growing category of workplace injuries reported by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Under South Carolina workers’ compensation law, as revised in 2007, a repetitive injury is considered job-related only if it is established by medical evidence, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, that there is a causal relationship between the work performed and the injury. An injury is not considered a repetitive trauma injury unless a workers’ compensation commissioner makes a specific finding of fact based on a preponderance of medical evidence that there is a causal connection between the repetitive job activities and the injury.
A repetitive trauma injury can sideline you temporarily or leave you permanently disabled and unable to return to your job. You may require corrective surgery. You’ll need workers’ compensation benefits. All too often, employers or workers’ compensation insurance carriers will contend a worker’s repetitive trauma injury was not work-related to try to avoid paying workers’ compensation benefits.
An injured worker needs to present medical evidence from a respected physician of the causal nature of the repetitive trauma injury. We can help arrange for you to be examined and receive a second opinion from a respected doctor about the severity of your repetitive trauma injury. Our skilled repetitive motion injury attorneys use ergonomic studies and videos when available to support medical evidence showing how the repetitive nature of a job activity causes an injury.
An injured worker must make a claim for a repetitive motion injury within two years after the employee knew or should have known that the injury was compensable, and no more than seven years after the last exposure to injury, typically deemed to be the last day you worked for the employer in question. So it’s important not to delay talking to an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer about your repetitive trauma injury. We will consult with you without obligation, and then you can make an informed decision
Contact SC Workers’ Comp Lawyer to Understand Your Right to Compensation
The experienced South Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys at the Joye Law Firm will help you understand all the workers’ compensation benefits that you are legally entitled to receive after being diagnosed with a repetitive trauma injury. Since 1968, we have helped injured workers just like you successfully navigate the SC workers’ compensation system so you can regain control of your life.
One of our workers’ compensation repetitive trauma attorneys will meet with you at no charge and explain your legal options. Joye Law Firm has offices in Charleston and Myrtle Beach. We have successfully represented injured workers all over the state, including North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Moncks Corner.
To discuss your repetitive trauma injury claim, Just Call Joye at (888) 324-3100 or fill out our free online case evaluation form.