When we think about dangerous jobs, the first thoughts that come to mind are logging workers, aircraft pilots, roofers, police and other safety officers, etc. We do not think about a computer as an occupational hazard, but as the technology industry grows, so does the number of related workplace injuries. As a tech worker, you are at higher risk for developing certain injuries, including musculoskeletal disorders, repetitive stress injuries, neck and back pain, and many forms of headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment and proper care may be able to thwart permanent damage, but these injuries sometimes cause permanent disabilities if they prevent you from being able to work several hours a day at a computer.
Many employers in the tech industry purchase group disability insurance for their workers. These benefits provide valuable income replacement benefits in the event that you lose your ability to work in your own occupation. What is sometimes difficult about tech-related industries is pinpointing the exact disabling event since these injuries are progressive in nature.
Many tech workers complain of various conditions, including impaired vision; several forms of headaches, neck and back pain; carpal tunnel syndrome, and repetitive strain injuries (“RSI”). Problematically, tech workers tend to get temporary pains — such as injuring joints in their hands and wrists, back pain, and headaches — but due to the substantial pressures and culture of overwork in tech, they do not get the time needed to recover. When that happens, these temporary injuries worsen and become severe chronic pains. People who have chronic pain often develop depression and anxiety. As a tech worker, if you have already found yourself in this position, do not lose hope. Your employer may have a disability policy that can provide you with income while you spend the time you need to recover.
As Bay Area ERISA attorneys, the team at Roberts Disability Law has gained considerable expertise in representing tech workers in claims for short-term and long-term disability benefits. We understand how your disabling conditions occur and how to prove that they prevent you from performing long hours of repetitive tasks in a stationary position. Appealing a denied disability claim is a massive amount of work, and the last thing you need to do when recovering from a severe injury is to spend hours behind a computer trying to prove your entitlement to benefits. We take the stress away so you can heal.
Michelle not only won our case for me, but was totally professional, confidence inspiring, and reassuring. I felt I was in really good hands each step of the way. After it was all over and I was receiving disability benefits, my spouse and I looked back in retrospect and felt strongly that we could not have made a better choice in disability attorney for my case. Strongly recommended!
I had this misfortune of being denied long term disability under a ERISA policy through my former employer. I was terrified I was going to end up on the streets disabled with nowhere to go since the condition put me down from work and I lost my employment as a result. I was fortunate enough to have been referred to Michelle Roberts who quickly took my case after a review and I received a very fast response and request from the firm to take over my case. I was relieved as within a matter of just days she was diligently…
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There’s no question that Michelle is one of the most brilliant lawyers one can have the privilege of working with. She’s a partner and consecutive Super Lawyer, so she’s clearly an amazingly capable attorney. But in my experience, what makes Michelle unique on top of her impressive record is her empathy and passion for helping her clients. Michelle has been there for me in action (not just words) every step of the way and has been an unshakable stand of advocacy for my rights and benefits, independent of whether there was a guaranteed return, which is a rare attribute for…
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