Retail workers can suffer a wide range of sudden trauma at work, but it is far more likely for retail employees to leave their jobs early due to repetitive stress injuries. Workers who perform delivery, stocking, or customer service often repeat the same bodily movements day after day, which can lead to wear and tear on the body in a matter of months.
One of the most common repetitive-stress injuries is tendinitis, an inflammation of one or more tendons in the body. Repetitive movements, overuse, or sudden strain can stretch tendons to the point where they tear or slip out of place, causing excruciating pain in a worker’s hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, ankles, and knees.
Retail employees who are suffering from tendinitis may require worker’s compensation to pay for a variety of injury costs, including:
- Medical bills. Tendinitis often requires multiple doctor visits (with accompanying copays), prescriptions and pain medication (such as corticosteroid injections), and may even require surgery in extreme cases.
- Physical therapy. Injured tendons take months or even years to heal, and will often require physical therapy to strengthen the tendons and encourage them to stretch and function normally.
- Temporary wages. Worker’s compensation provides temporary wages (a portion of your regular weekly pay) during the time that you are unable to work. In addition, you may be able to get worker’s compensation to supplement your paychecks at a new job if your injury forces you take a lower-paying position.
- Permanent benefits. If your tendonitis causes a permanent loss of function in a vital body part that prevents you from working, you could be entitled to permanent partial disability benefits for an extended period of time.
Employers May Resist Worker’s Comp Claims for Repetitive Stress Injuries
Unlike other work injuries, there usually is not a single accident that causes the harm, leaving an employer to question whether your injury was actually work-related. To find out how to get the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve, call us today at (888) 348-2616 or read through our free accident guide, How to Avoid Becoming a Work Injury Horror Story.