Epicondylitis is a common injury suffered by employees who seek Illinois workers’ compensation. Lateral and medial epicondylitis results when tendons in the elbow suffer from repetitive motion. Workers in industries ranging from painting to plumbing can develop epicondylitis, usually where the forearm muscles meet the outside of the elbow, although the inside of the elbow can also be affected. This condition makes it difficult to work, as it causes pain and swelling, as well as muscle weakness. Filing a claim for workers’ compensation according to Illinois law provides a way to secure compensation and benefits for work-related epicondylitis. With more than 35 years of combined legal experience, the Wheaton and Schaumburg workers’ compensation lawyers of Therman Law Offices have assisted employees. We are familiar with the challenges posed by insurance carriers seeking to deny benefits, and know how to assert a strong claim tailored to the specifics of your case.The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act Covers Work-Induced Epicondylitis
According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act (IWCA), workers may be entitled to benefits if their injury was suffered in the course and scope of employment. A condition such as epicondylitis may be caused at work, or exacerbated by workplace tasks. Depending on the degree of harm, workers can receive varying benefits and compensation. For example, temporary disability benefits cover the period of time during which a worker is unable to perform their work tasks, while more permanent benefits may be appropriate for employees seriously disabled.
Epicondylitis is usually caused by overuse of tendons which eventually tear, near the elbow. It may be difficult for a worker to grasp or hold objects. These motions are usually necessary to complete work tasks. Often, treatment requires complete rest, preventing the movement that exacerbates the injury. Pain medication and physical therapy can alleviate symptoms. In severe cases, surgery may be required.
Filing a workers’ compensation claim requires the injured worker meet all requirements of the IWCA. This includes documenting the date when they discovered, or should have discovered their impairment. Unlike workplace accidents, a stress injury such as epicondylitis likely progressed over time, and a medical export can support a claim that work-related tasks caused or exacerbated the injury. Tests to determine whether a worker suffers from epicondylitis may include an MRI, nerve conduction studies, and x-rays.Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation for Pre-Existing Epicondylitis
Workers suffering pre-existing epicondylitis are entitled to compensation if their current work conditions exacerbated or worsened their condition. If an employee already received a diagnosis for epicondylitis and their current work tasks require hours, for example, of grasping a phone or typing, they will likely be entitled to compensation. In many cases, reliable medical testimony must establish that work tasks led to the worsening of the epicondylitis. Workers can face challenges from insurers that may attempt to argue that the employee’s epicondylitis was caused by non-workplace activities.Benefits Available to Workers Suffering Epicondylitis
A successful workers’ compensation claim entitles the injured employee to medical expenses for treatment and care. Disability payments under the IWCA depend upon how an injury affects the ability to work. Temporary partial disability assists workers during their recovery if they can perform some employment-tasks. These benefits bridge the difference in wages between pre and post-injury.
Temporary total disability provides benefits when the injury is more serious, and a medical professional has determined the employee must not work in any capacity. A serious impairment can also lead to permanent partial disability. This is likely for some workers suffering epicondylitis because it refers to long-lasting loss of physical capability. Permanent pain, discomfort, and an inability to extend part of an arm or elbow can lead to this type of benefit.Lawyers Helping Workers in Wheaton and Schaumburg
Workers suffering from workplace injuries or conditions have the right to file a claim for compensation and should speak to a skilled attorney as soon as possible. At Therman Law Offices, our lawyers are here to help you. We understand the stress caused by injury and conditions that affect your capacity to work and earn wages. Our attorneys assist people living Wheaton, Schaumburg, Bolingbrook and Darien, as well as Edison Park, Elmwood Park, Harwood Heights, Norwood Park, Norridge, Park Ridge, Elk Grove Village, Mt. Prospect, and Des Plaines and Rosemont. To learn more, contact our office by phone by calling 773-545-8849 or filling out our online form.