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Is an overuse injury at work covered by workers’ comp?

On Behalf of | Mar 31, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

The constant drum of a hammer or the years of kneeling to lay stone may cause you to develop aches and pains in specific joints and body parts over the years. These injuries may come on slowly but often leave lasting and sometimes debilitating marks.

These overuse injuries take time to manifest. Since they are not caused by a single act or incident, will workers’ compensation cover them? The short answer is yes. Find out more to learn why.

What is an overuse injury?

The soft tissue of ligaments and joints is susceptible to wear and tear. Jobs that require the repetitive use of the hands, knees, elbows and shoulders cause the highest rates of overuse or repetitive stress injuries. The damage of these injuries may take years to reach a level of debilitation.

Will workers’ compensation insurance cover these injuries?

If your employers have to carry workers’ comp insurance under the state’s Department of Labor & Industries guidelines, then any injury you can trace back to your job should qualify. Make sure that your treating physician has authored a report indicating the damage is likely due to your profession.

What is an example of an overuse injury?

While an overuse injury can happen to anyone, workers who perform manual labor and assembly are often the most at risk. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common overuse injury and can occur in anyone, including those who type for a living.

Overuse injuries can leave you with a lifetime of pain if you do not receive the care and treatment prescribed.