There are a lot of different kinds of repetitive stress injuries that a New Jersey office worker could suffer from. These injuries sometimes have interesting nicknames, like “Blackberry thumb,” “iPhone finger,” or “mouse arm disease.” As funny as these names sound, a repetitive stress injury can actually be somewhat serious — not because they are life-threatening, but because they are income-threatening.
Indeed, if an office worker suffers a repetitive stress injury like carpal tunnel syndrome, he or she may not be able to operate a computer, which would prevent him or her from performing the duties of an office job. That, in turn, would make it difficult for the worker to earn a living. Because such injuries could threaten an individual’s livelihood, it’s important for the individual to notify his or her employer immediately following the discovery of the injury. This could then result in the filing of a workers’ compensation claim.
In order to qualify for benefits, someone with a repetitive stress injury will need to go to the doctor and receive a diagnosis. The doctor might take x-rays or an MRI to reveal nerve compression or other damages that show up as a result of the injury.
Workers with repetitive stress injuries may be advised by their doctors to stay home from work, rest and heal. If this is the case, the worker might be able to seek money to help partially replace the income that he or she would have earned if the injury had not happened.
At the Law Office of Jack. L. Stillman, we have helped countless New Jersey residents pursue workers’ compensation claims in court. We know how important this financial lifeline can be for a temporarily disabled worker, so we passionately seek the maximum amount of benefits possible for each and every one of our clients.