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What Is Bursitis?
An individual has about 160 bursae, or fluid-filled sacs, in their body. Bursae are cushioned between tendons, bones, muscles, and joints. Whenever one or more of the bursae become inflamed, it is called bursitis. Bursitis can occur in the:
Inflammation can cause symptoms such as swelling, loss of movement, pain, and tenderness. Bursitis injuries are considered overuse or repetitive stress injuries.
What Is a Job-Related Repetitive Stress Injury?
A job-related repetitive stress injury is caused by performing a certain work-related task over and over again without a break or variation. Bursitis and other types of overuse injuries are also called repetitive stress disorders, or RSD.
Is a Bursitis Lawsuit a Personal Injury Claim or Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Typically, bursitis is considered a personal injury, and a person wanting to file a lawsuit for their bursitis would need to file a personal injury claim. However, if the person suffering from bursitis incurred bursitis as a result of their job, they would need to file a workers’ compensation claim. This is because an employee is usually required to seek workers’ compensation for injuries they sustain on the job instead of personal injury damages. A worker compensated under workers’ compensation may receive benefits such as:
- Replacement income
- Paid medical expenses
- Long-term compensation for permanent loss of work
- Temporary disability payments
What If My Bursitis Injury Is the Result of an Accident?
An individual can file a bursitis lawsuit if they were injured by someone else’s intentional act or negligence. For instance, a driver may suffer a bursitis injury as the result of a car accident. They may sue the other driver to recover damages related to the bursitis.
Should I Contact an Attorney about My Bursitis Lawsuit?
Yes. A bursitis injury can be very painful and very expensive to deal with. Talk to a personal injury attorney to learn about your legal rights and what type of claim you should file.
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Last Modified: 08-05-2015 09:45 AM PDT
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