A repetitive motion or repetitive stress injury could easily impact you as a manufacturing employee at General Electric Transportation or similar companies. Repetitive motion injuries are common in the manufacturing sector due to the nature of the work.
If you suffer from carpal tunnel, bad knees or another cumulative trauma disorder from spending years at the GE Transportation facility or a similar manufacturing center, you could be eligible for recovery through the state’s workers’ compensation system.
Manufacturing jobs and wear-and-tear injuries
Not all workers’ compensation claims arise from traumatic events or single accidents. Some workers suffer long-term physical damages due to the daily motions of their jobs. Performing the same motions over and over could eventually wear down your joints or strain tendons. Common manufacturing injuries from repetitive motions include the following:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff syndrome
- Lower back pain
Working for GE Transportation or similar companies could involve repetitive tasks such as lifting boxes, loading trucks, bending down, climbing ladders or working on an assembly line. These tasks could eventually cause chronic pain, physical injury or another disability that impacts your ability to work. A wear-and-tear injury could qualify you for workers’ compensation.
Filing your workers’ comp claim in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act gives most employees the right to file a claim for financial benefits after injuries or illnesses that happen on the job, regardless of fault. This includes repetitive stress injuries. If you had to receive medical treatment or miss days at work because of your job-related injury, you could file a claim to retrieve benefits for your losses.
The workers’ compensation system gives eligible employees checks to cover their injury-related medical expenses and up to two-thirds of the lost income. This money could make an important difference for your family while you are undergoing recovery.
If the Department of Labor and Industry denies your claim, do not give up. You may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit against one or more parties for financial recovery, depending on the circumstances of your case.