Workplace injuries do not always occur in an instant. Some may take months or years to manifest. As a railway worker, any heavy lifting or repetitive movements can be a source of such injuries.
The thing with repetitive injuries is that you may not notice them until it’s too late. So, preventive action is pretty much useless in such instances, and it is only fair that you are compensated if your condition or injury developed from your workplace duties.
Common repetitive injuries
Cumulative injuries can affect any part of your body. For instance, you may be susceptible to repetitive back injuries if you spend hours sitting down or carrying heavy loads over a long period. Some common repetitive injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome can result from trauma or increased pressure on a nerve
- Stress fractures which develop over time
- Occupational induced deafness, among others
Repetitive injury claims are not so straightforward
Unlike immediate accidents, a claim for repetitive injuries is not so apparent. You need medical evidence to support your claims that the injuries are related to your occupation as a railroad worker. Therefore, it is necessary that you are well prepared with the medical evidence or records to have a desirable outcome.
Keep in mind that you have to bring your claim within a limited time. If you wait too long before taking action, you could jeopardize your chances of getting compensated.
The worth of your claim
The value of your claim will depend on the extent of your injuries or condition. For example, how much has your quality of life been affected? Do you need constant medical care? Did your employer have safety measures in place at the workplace? All these factors will determine the worth of your claim.
Knowing your rights is important, even before taking the first step towards justice. It will help you navigate your case successfully and get the settlement you deserve.