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How to Receive Compensation for Repetitive Strain Injury – Legal Reader

The first step in filing your RSI claim is to get professional medical attention and diagnosis of your condition.
If you have suffered from a repetitive strain injury (RSI) caused by your work duties, you may be entitled to financial compensation. RSI claims require an understanding of the legal process, the medical requirements for making a claim, and the steps needed to receive compensation. This post will take a look at what you need to know about filing a RSI claim. 
How to Understand RSI 
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is an umbrella term used to describe any type of physical or psychological damage caused by frequent repetition of activities such as typing or lifting. RSIs can include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, epicondylitis, and other musculoskeletal disorders. RSIs are most commonly caused by long-term exposure to vibrating tools or equipment, heavy lifting, and repetitive motions like typing on a keyboard or operating machinery. In some cases, it can even be caused by poor ergonomic design in the workplace. 
How to File a Claim

Doctor shaking hands with man in suit; image by herbert11timtim, via first step in filing your RSI claim is to get professional medical attention and diagnosis of your condition. Once you have been diagnosed with an RSI, you must prove that it was caused by your job duties in order to receive financial compensation. This includes documentation from your physician detailing how your RSI was caused by your job and how it affects your daily life. The next step is to file a claim with the workers’ compensation insurance provider for your employer; this will provide financial support for treatment costs and missed wages due to time off work during recovery from the injury. It is important that all paperwork associated with the claim be completed accurately and promptly in order for it to move forward without delay. 
How to Receive Compensation 
Once you have filed your claim with the relevant insurance provider and submitted all necessary documentation, it will be reviewed by their representatives as part of their claims assessment process. This process usually takes several weeks—sometimes months—to complete depending on complexity of the case and availability of evidence provided. If approved for payment, you should expect to receive compensation within 30 days after approval notice has been sent out from the insurer’s office. Along the way, it might be helpful to see legal advice or assistance from a personal injury lawyer. This is especially the case if you are denied compensation. 
Receiving financial support through workers’ compensation after suffering an RSI can make all the difference when trying to recover from an injury that has impacted one’s ability to work and provide income for themselves or their families. Understanding how repetitive stress injuries are defined under legislation as well as filing accurate paperwork with relevant insurance providers are key factors in successfully receiving compensation after suffering an RSI due to one’s place of employment. With knowledge comes power; take advantage of yours today!

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