Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries occur when workers perform a particular motion or repeat an activity on a regular basis over a long period of time. These injuries can occur gradually over several years, or with a sudden onset or intensification of symptoms.
In Minnesota, these types of injuries are often called “Gillette injuries,” named after the case of Gillette v. Harold, Inc., in which the Minnesota Supreme Court first recognized repetitive stress injuries as work related and eligible for compensation.
At Fields Law Firm, we understand that injuries that happen slowly over a period of time can be just as serious as dramatic ones that happen in an instant. Our repetitive stress injury attorneys have years of experience helping Minnesota workers with Gillette-type injuries, and we want to help you too. If you have questions about how your Gillette injury will affect your ability to pay the bills, give us a call. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-888-343-5375, or fill out our free form to get in touch with a member of our team.
Client Success Story
A man came to Fields Law Firm for help when he developed pain in his right elbow, bicep tendon, and wrist while performing his work activities. He had worked for the same employer for more than 30 years.
His repetitive stress injury symptoms developed in his most recent position as a welder. When he reported the symptoms, the employer and workers’ compensation insurer denied liability for his injuries. The man went on to require surgery for his injuries, and incurred wage loss and medical bills.
Fields Law Firm brought a claim on his behalf, and argued that the workers compensation insurer was responsible for the wage loss and medical bills. After bringing the claim, the workers’ compensation insurer ended up admitting that they were responsible, and paid for the wage loss and medical bills.
Unfortunately, our client went on to necessitate another surgery, and developed subsequent injuries. When he was unable to return to his job that employer, his team at Fields secured a $115,000 settlement through mediation.
Proving Your Injury Was Caused By Your Job
To be eligible for compensation, repetitive stress injuries must be caused by the performance of ordinary job duties. Under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act, employees can also get compensation if a pre-existing condition was aggravated by repetitive, minute trauma suffered while performing ordinary job duties.
Your testimony alone isn’t enough to establish a connection between your work activities and your repetitive stress injury — only medical evidence can do that. Medical evidence can be in the form of medical records, a narrative medical report written by a doctor, or a doctor’s testimony. Whatever the form, the doctor who provides the evidence must understand the nature of your daily work activities and be able to explain how your job duties caused your repetitive stress injury.
How do I determine the date of injury for a repetitive stress injury?
There are a number of possible dates of injury for repetitive stress injuries, including the:
- Date you first seek medical attention for the injury
- Date you first miss work because of the injury
- Last day you worked
A workers’ compensation judge will decide the date of injury based on relevant evidence.
Our Workers’ Compensation lawyers in Minnesota Can Help
The experienced repetitive stress injury attorneys at Fields Law can help you prove the seriousness of your injury and present evidence to help you get the best possible date of injury. If you suffer from a repetitive stress-type injury, contact us for a free consultation. There’s never any cost or obligation to speak to one of our Workers’ Compensation lawyers in Minnesota about your legal rights.