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Workers' compensation for repetitive strain

Most construction site workers end up being injured at some point during their working lives. After all, they often work in conditions that are hazardous and with tools that can be particularly damaging if misused or malfunctioning. Many construction site injuries are very minor, and the affected worker thinks no more of them. However, some can be life threatening or leave the victim with a permanent disability.

As this article on construction accidents mentions, some of the more common incidents and injuries include the following:

  • Lacerations.
  • Heat stroke.
  • Broken bones.
  • Falls.
  • Injuries caused by collapsing structures.

However, not all harmful events are sudden. In fact, some illnesses and injuries can develop as a result of prolonged exposure to certain conditions. For example, repeated exposure to very dusty workspaces or toxic fumes could cause respiratory complaints. Similarly, prolonged periods carrying out work that requires the same movements to be constantly repeated, such as operating a jackhammer, can lead to repetitive strain injuries.

These injuries can have serious long-term repercussions if not properly treated. However, it can be challenging to prove that conditions like repetitive strain injury or RSI that develop over a prolonged period have occurred as a consequence of doing your job. Even so, RSI can be considered to be a form of workplace injury so do not be afraid to file a claim if you believe you may be eligible to do so.

Whatever form your illness or injury takes, if it was caused by your work, then you may be entitled to compensation. An attorney may be able to provide more detailed information about this and about the steps you can take to secure the compensation you deserve. With this guidance, you can navigate the legal process without concern, leaving you free to focus on your recovery.

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