If you suffer injuries in a workplace accident, you may be aware of the fact that you have a rightful claim to workers’ compensation benefits. However, you may be less sure of your rights and options if you are currently suffering from the impact of a cumulative trauma injury that is the result of your job.
Cumulative trauma injuries occur in individuals who repeat the same motions over and over. From continued heavy lifting to doing computer work all day, these types of injuries are unseen yet can cause significant painful damage to muscles, nerves and tendons. Ohio workers who are suffering because of their job could still be eligible for benefits even if the injury is not the result of a one-time accident.
Examples of cumulative trauma injuries
Most of the time, these types of injuries are the result of job duties and affect the head, neck and upper extremities. By holding the same posture or repeating the same motions, a person can unknowingly cause physical damage, resulting in one of the following diagnoses:
- Golfer’s elbow
- Tennis elbow
- Trigger finger
- Ganglion cyst
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cervical syndrome
If you received a diagnosis of any of the above or another type of work-related cumulative trauma injury, you could have a rightful claim to workers’ compensation benefits. If your injury is job related, you have the right to medical care, recovery of lost wages and more.
Who is vulnerable to these types of injuries?
Almost anyone can suffer this type of injury if his or her job requires certain types of movements and activities. However, the types of workers most vulnerable to cumulative trauma injuries include those who are:
- Working with faulty equipment
- Standing or sitting for long periods of time
- Assembling, typing, lifting or repeating certain motions for much of the day
Regardless of what caused your injury, you deserve to know your rights and your options for a potential workers’ compensation claim.
Do not fight the system alone
The workers’ compensation system is complex and frustrating, especially if your claim comes back denied. You do not have to face these issues alone but may find it beneficial to first seek the help of an experienced attorney before you even file your claim. From the very beginning of the claims process, you can have the experienced guidance you need to successfully obtain the money and support required for a full recovery.