Filing a workers’ compensation claim is not a guarantee of benefits. Some workers discover workers’ compensation insurance companies are as difficult to deal with as liability insurance companies. If the insurance provider thinks it can avoid liability, it will deny your claim.
Our St. Petersburg workers’ compensation lawyers at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers have more than 300 years of collective experience. Our law firm has obtained jury awards and settlements for our clients totaling more than $675 million. Since 1955, we have been trusted legal advocates for injured workers in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced St. Petersburg repetitive trauma injury lawyers. We take cases on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t pay us until we recover money for your claim. Contact us today at (727)796-8282 to speak to one of our experienced lawyers.
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How Our St. Petersburg Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Help If You’ve Sustained a Repetitive Trauma Injury
Most injured workers in Florida are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, you might have to fight for those benefits. Repetitive trauma injury claims are complex workers’ comp cases, so experienced legal counsel matters.
Our award-winning legal team at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers includes attorneys who are Board Certified by the Florida Bar Association. In addition, our lawyers are members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and appear on several distinguished lists, including Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers, and Super Lawyers.
When you hire our top-rated St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers, you can expect us to:
- Investigate the cause of your repetitive trauma injury to gather evidence to support your claims
- Ensure your workers’ comp claim is filed before the deadline and without errors
- Consult expert witnesses to gather additional evidence as necessary
- Work with your medical providers to determine the extent of your injury
- Determine if you sustained a permanent impairment
- File an appeal if your workers’ comp case is denied
If you were injured on the job, we are available 24/7 to talk with you. Call now to talk with someone and schedule your free case evaluation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in St. Petersburg, FL.
What Is a Repetitive Trauma Injury?
Repetitive trauma injuries are also called repetitive motion disorders (RMDs) and repetitive strain injuries. They occur from repeating the same motion or overstretching the soft tissues. Performing awkward motions can also cause a repetitive trauma injury.
Examples of repetitive trauma injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Ganglion cyst
- Trigger finger
- Stress fractures
Repetitive trauma injuries often occur in the wrists, hands, shoulders, and elbows. However, a person could sustain an RMD in other areas of the body, including the legs, back, ankles, and hips. Symptoms of repetitive trauma injuries include pain, swelling, redness, tingling, numbness, and loss of strength and flexibility.
What Damages Could a Worker Receive for a Repetitive Trauma Injury?
You can receive medical treatment for your repetitive trauma injury if it occurred at work. Your employer or the workers’ comp insurance provider pays the medical bills for necessary and reasonable treatment.
If your doctor states you cannot work because of the repetitive trauma injury, you could receive temporary medical benefits or TTD. The lost time benefits equal about two-thirds of your average weekly wages. The amount is subject to the maximum benefits set by the state.
Your doctor should give you an impairment rating when you complete medical treatment. You could be entitled to compensation for your permanent disability.
The insurance company could challenge the disability rating. If so, you could be required to attend an independent medical examination.
Before attending an independent medical exam, seeking legal advice is in your best interest. The insurance company might be trying to undervalue your workers’ compensation claim. A St. Petersburg repetitive trauma injury lawyer explains your rights and can help ensure you are treated fairly.
Common Causes of Repetitive Strain Injuries in St. Petersburg Workers’ Compensation Claims
Just about any repetitive task could lead to repetitive trauma injury over time. Things that could cause a repetitive trauma injury include:
- Carrying and lifting objects
- Not taking breaks
- Poor posture
- Regularly repeating a motion using the same set of muscles
- Not using safety equipment
- Working with vibrating tools or hand-held tools
- Repetitive micro-movements
If you experience symptoms of repetitive trauma injury, see a doctor immediately. Medical documentation is essential in a repetitive trauma injury case. After receiving medical care, talk with one of our St. Petersburg workers’ comp attorneys about the benefits you are entitled to for a repetitive trauma injury.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our St. Petersburg Repetitive Trauma Injury Lawyers
The best way to protect your right to a fair workers’ compensation settlement is to know your rights. Our St. Petersburg repetitive trauma injury attorneys can help you build a case for maximum compensation. Contact us to request a free case review.
Other Common Workers’ Compensation Claims We Cover
- Debris Falling
- Defective Machinery
- Excavation Accidents
- Factory Accidents
- Forklift Accidents
- Heavy Equipment Accidents
- Permanent Disability
- Roofing Accidents
- Electrocution Accidents
- Ladder Accidents