Can You Get Worker's Compensation for a Repetitive Stress Injury?

A repetitive stress injury (RSI) is the gradual buildup of damage to muscles, tendons, or nerves caused by repetitive motions. Occupational RSIs are very common, and are listed in the Workers Compensation Act of Wisconsin as covered when proven to be associated with work-related activities. 

At Advanced Care Specialists in Racine and Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, our team of rehabilitative experts can help you through the treatment needed for a worker’s compensation injury claim.

What is a repetitive stress injury?

An RSI can be caused by any motion that is repeated over and over to the point of causing muscle, tendon, or nerve damage. Occupational hazards include:

Common RSIs

RSIs are most common in the joints, notably:

Workers comp for RSIs

Workers’ compensation pays for your lost wages as well as your medical bills, but you typically have to prove that your injury was caused by activity you did at work. This includes RSIs. It’s important to know the following facts about workers’ comp in Wisconsin:


If you work in the State of Wisconsin, aren’t a domestic servant or a farmworker, and aren’t covered by federal workers’ compensation, you probably are covered by an employer’s workers' compensation policy.


Typically, you have two years to report an RSI believed to be caused by work-related activity. This allows for the fact that you may notice you have a chronic injury but not realize right away that it is work-related.  


You have the right to see the doctor of your choice. If your employer tries to tell you that you must see a company-approved doctor, that’s not true. You can choose your own doctor, and even seek a second opinion. 

If you believe you have an RSI and that it’s caused by your occupation, file a claim and seek medical care as soon as possible. You can make an appointment at one of our locations by calling 262-204-7542 or request a consultation online. 


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