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The number of workers in Washington and other states applying for social security disability benefits for repetitive stress injuries (RSI) has been on the rise in recent years.

Although both federal and state laws require employers all across the U.S. to ensure a safe work environment for their employees, as well as ensure that their job duties are in compliance with safety regulations imposed by law, unfortunately, many employers fail to follow these laws. As a result, their employees are exposed to the risk of repetitive stress injuries, or, in other words, experiencing pain and discomfort in muscles, nerves, and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse.

“While many employees suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and other types of repetitive stress injuries (RSI) do not realize this, your medical condition and symptoms may actually qualify for social security disability benefits,” says our Everett repetitive stress injury and social security disability attorney at Russell & Hill, PLLC.

Does your repetitive stress injury qualify for social security disability benefits?

Our social security disability lawyers are often asked, “Can my repetitive stress injury be a disability that qualifies for SSI or SSDI benefits?” Absolutely! In fact, if you have suffered a permanent repetitive stress injury, you may be entitled to collect social security disability benefits for a “total permanent disability.”

No matter how difficult it may seem to receive SSI or SSDI benefits for your repetitive stress injury, there’s no getting around the fact that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has several types of RSI injuries on the list of conditions that qualify for social security disability. These RSIs include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS);
  • Tendonitis in the knee, wrist, elbow, or rotator cuff; and
  • Other repetitive stress injuries and injuries caused by overuse.

Why your social security disability claim may be denied

One of the most common reasons why workers diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury get their social security disability claims denied is because they fail to prove several elements of their claim:

  • That their RSI injury limits their ability to work or provide for themselves financially (you will have to prove that your condition will prevent you from working for at least 12 months); and
  • That their RSI injury prevents them from finding a new job that encompasses their training, skills, experience, and education.

“In other words,” explains our experienced repetitive stress injury and social security disability attorney in Everett, “If there’s even the slightest chance that you have the ability to continue working or seek alternative employment, or may need rest or physical therapy to continue working or get a new job, your claim will most likely be denied.”

The primary question that workers suffering from repetitive stress injuries ask our social security disability lawyers at Russell & Hill, PLLC, is whether their injury or impairment qualifies for SSI or SSDI benefits. When in doubt, it is always a good idea to schedule a free consultation with a skilled lawyer who will help you make an informed decision about your situation.

Whether or not it makes sense to apply for social security disability benefits with a repetitive stress injury depends on many factors in your case, which is why it’s advised that you seek legal help from an experienced attorney. Schedule a free consultation today by calling at 425-728-7467.

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