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Working From Home On Florida’s Suncoast? Here’s What You Need To Know About Repetitive Strain Injuries

When people think of workers’ compensation, they often think of hard physical labor jobs. Mostly, they are right. The majority of workers’ compensation claims in Florida are from jobs in construction, agriculture, and transportation. However, office workers can also incur injuries from their jobs. This is especially true during COVID when so many office workers switched to remote work. Though the nature of their roles has not changed, they now do everything on the computer. This can lead to repetitive stress and strain injuries (RSI).

How Remote Workers Can Develop RSI

Working on a computer for hours at a time can wreak havoc on our bodies. Typing can lead to hand and wrist injuries like carpal tunnel. Leaning over a computer can lead to back injuries like lumbar strain and disc injuries. Most workers know about these two key risks. However, there are other common injury risks including:

● Tennis elbow
● Posterior cervical dorsal syndrome
● Myofascial trigger points
● Eye strain and damage
● Cervical radiculopathy
● Tendonitis
● Cervicogenic headaches
● Bursitis
● Synovitis

The list goes on and on. That is because all of our anatomies are impacted by long-term repetitive tasks like sitting at a computer for eight or more hours a day. This has really gotten bad for remote workers because now all work activities are on the computer. Workers used to have their day broken up by meetings in the conference room or popping into their coworkers’ office to ask a question. Now, they do all of this on the computer. Increasing their risk for RSI.

Signs Of RSI From Remote Working

If you are a remote worker, it’s important you stay vigilant of the early warning signs of RSI. Treating these injuries early can help reduce the risk of them developing into semi-permanent or permanent disabilities. If you work from home look for the following signs and symptoms:

● Headaches
● Blurred vision or dizziness
● Muscle tension or pain anywhere in your body
● Joint swelling, pain, or dysfunction
● Tingling or numbness in your extremities
● Difficulty breathing
● Loss of strength, flexibility, coordination, or mobility

All of these can be signs of RSI from working in front of a computer. If you have any of these signs, see a physician immediately. If you have developed RSI as a result of your job, you can begin seeking compensation to pay for those injuries.

What Are My Rights If I Have RSI From My Job?

Under Florida state law, RSI is covered by workers’ compensation. In order to obtain these benefits, you will have to file a workers’ compensation claim. Start by notifying your employer of your work-related RSI. In most cases, they will walk you through the process of filing a claim internally. However, sometimes employers do not want to pay for workers’ compensation claims. In those cases, you will need to file directly with the state of Florida. You can do so with the Florida State Division of Workers’ Compensation on their website. Once you have filed the claim, your case will be reviewed, and a ruling will be made.

Speak With A Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Unfortunately, workers’ compensation claims are often denied. Sometimes it is because of the employer. Other times it’s because the paperwork was not completed correctly. In either case, the team at Justice Pays Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh can help. With offices in Sarasota, Bradenton, and St. Pete’s, we can help no matter where you are working. Give us a call or chat with us on our website anytime. We’ll review your case for free and help you get full and fair compensation for your repetitive stress injuries.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Working From Home On Florida’s Suncoast? Here’s What You Need To Know About Repetitive Strain Injuries

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