Understanding The Basics of Cumulative Trauma Injuries
In the past, there was a mindset that if an injury didn’t result from a specific accident, there was no workers’ compensation claim. However, those days are now long gone. Now it is understood that cumulative trauma injuries that develop over time are equally eligible for workers’ comp. Even if you cannot pin your injury to one particular event, but you believe it was caused by work conditions, you have the right to expect benefits. At Philip J. Fulton Law Office, we can help you get the benefits you deserve.
What Is A Cumulative Trauma Injury?
These are injuries that develop over time, sometimes years. They are often the result of repetitive motion. When a person performs the same motions day after day, particularly if there is lifting involved, a repetitive motion or cumulative trauma injury may occur. Often, these take the form of lower back or shoulder injuries. Carpal tunnel injuries are also common examples of cumulative stress injuries.
The Challenge Of Cumulative Stress Injuries And Work Comp
These cases tend to be challenged more than others, simply because the connection between the injury and the job is not as clear. If someone is hit with a forklift at work, the injuries suffered are clearly work-related. If someone suffers shoulder pain and numbness because of constant lifting, however, there is more opportunity for the employer to say that the injury was caused by other things the victim was doing outside of work.
We have more than 35 years of experience. We have seen all of the reasons for denial of workers’ comp in cumulative stress cases and we know how to fight these denials. You can be confident we can get you the benefits you need.
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