Worker’s Comp – Repetitive Trauma, Road Conditions Apps, Memorial Day 5k

Worker’s Comp – Repetitive Trauma, Road Conditions Apps, Memorial Day 5k

June 2024 Newsletter

Rana Law Group Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Worker’s Comp – Repetitive Trauma Injuries
  • Useful Road Condition Apps for Missouri & Illinois
  • Just for Fun: Memorial Day 5K

Workers’ Comp – Repetitive Trauma Injuries

Most people assume a workers’ compensation injury must be from a one-time, traumatic event.  This is true for most cases, however, wear and tear on body parts that happen over several years from job specific, repetitive movements may also be covered.  For instance, this includes injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome (see our prior post fully describing CPT), knee joint issues or shoulder pain.

Repetitive trauma cases are tougher because the employer, through their insurance company, will typically deny these cases initially.  The injured employee must then get the treatment on his or her own, which can include time off work (which is unpaid), out-of-pocket medical expenses, difficulty getting the appropriate referrals for specialists (especially if the employee does not have health insurance) or trouble at work getting the employer to accommodate restrictions not placed by the employer/insurer through work comp.  However, if an employee can navigate all these problem areas, it is worth pursuing a repetitive trauma case while employed (or shortly after leaving a job), especially before retirement.  This allows the person to get a surgery that will likely reduce pain, increase quality of life and potentially receive a settlement before the employee’s benefits are gone.

The key to repetitive trauma cases is to notify the doctor from the outset that the symptoms are from specific, job-related movements that the employee would otherwise not be exposed to but for the job.  For instance, carpal tunnel cases typically arise from gripping/twisting/etc. tools, using power tools (such as a jack hammer, weed eater, drill), or doing the same motion over and over again.  Some people develop carpal tunnel from keyboard usage since many jobs now require typing at a computer all day.  Over time, these repetitive movements put pressure on the body part, causing numbness and tingling.  Most people get help when they start dropping things, which is a sign that carpal tunnel syndrome is already present.

The key to pursuing these cases is to get medical help as soon as possible, along with hiring a workers’ compensation lawyer to help navigate any potential pitfalls.  With the doctor, it is important to describe in detail the injury and how the work-related actions caused or contributed to cause the symptoms.  Typically, a diagnostic test is done to confirm the injury, such as an EEG for carpal tunnel or an MRI for shoulders/knees.  If positive, typically the employee will get surgery to alleviate the symptoms.  While not always completely successful, most employees find enough relief that it is worth doing these routine surgeries.  Once the employee is discharged, that is where the attorney can bring most of their value because the employer/insurer will deny the claim.  The attorney will get a medical opinion from a doctor linking the injury to work-related activity and then defend the case against the employer/insurer’s efforts to deem the injury not work-related.  At Rana Law Group, we routinely help employees with these cases and are happy to help out.

Road Conditions Apps

Getting caught in horrible construction traffic is one of the most frustrating things about summer travel.  In case anyone experienced this over Memorial Day weekend, it may be a good time to download your state’s road conditions app and check your route before heading out.  This way, you can easily take an alternate outer road and feel like a genius as you are driving past all the motorist stuck in traffic!  It is well worth taking a few extra minutes before (and during) your trip to check road conditions to ensure there are no major road closures.Missouri has one of the best apps in the country.  It can be found in the app store under “MoDOT Traveler Information”.  It provides up-to-date construction projects and crash information, as well as weather related issues like flooding in the summer and snow accumulations in the winter.

We previously wrote about this app back in our February 2020 Newsletter when it was first announced and we were skeptical about its capabilities but it seems to be working as promised.  And if you are bored, you can still watch live feeds of traffic cameras!

Illinois does not have a downloadable App (yet) but the IDOT website is optimized for smartphones.  Just search “Getting Around Illinois” in your web browser and you can find the same information including construction, crashes and weather related road issues.

Just for Fun: Memorial Day 5K

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend.  Rana Law Group finished a grueling five day trial the week before so the break was well-earned for everyone.  Due to various injuries (and getting old!), Tarun has not participated in any formal runs in a few years so he was thrilled to finally get the chance to participate in the University City Memorial Day Run.The race began in 1974 with just a few joggers and now, 50 years later, it has become a family tradition for many University City residents.  Children start out doing the 1 mile ‘Fun Run’, then progress to the 5k running along side of their parents and sometimes graduate to the full 10k.

While Tarun routinely ran the 10k in the past, this year, he was thrilled to run the entire 5k without any pre-race training.  We hope everyone has a great summer and who knows, you may even see Tarun running by you at Forest Park!

Case Referrals  

From time to time, clients call and ask which type of cases we handle.  Our practice is built on referrals from satisfied clients.  We know that if we work hard and do a good job for our clients, they will tell their friends about us.  The best compliment from a former client is that client entrusting us with the potential case of their friend or family.  Our office specializes in the following cases:

  1. Personal Injury (auto collisions, trucking, motorcycle, slip and fall)
  2. Work Injuries
  3. Traffic tickets and DUI/DWI

If you know someone that meets these criteria, please have them call our office.  If someone does not quite fit the above criteria, please still have the prospective referral give us a call as we can usually help the person find the right attorney via a referral.

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