Cumulative trauma injuries are very similar to repetitive stress injuries. These injuries usually involve your muscles, tendons, or ligaments, which means that whether you are a construction worker, grocery store clerk, or an office worker, you could suffer from a cumulative trauma injury.
Cumulative trauma injuries can occur because a worker is inexperienced with a task, because a worker is improperly supervised, because of broken or poorly designed equipment, or because of an aggressive working attitude among employees. If you lift heavy objects regularly at work and you develop back pain as a result, this would be classified as a “cumulative trauma injury.” A cumulative injury could also involve anxiety, depression, loss of sleep, or stomach problems if you work in a stressful environment.
A cumulative trauma injury could aggravate a prior injury. If you have high blood pressure and work in a hostile work environment, for example, you could experience worsened hypertension.
You could be suffering from a cumulative trauma injury if you are experiencing pain of the head, neck, upper back, lower back, or buttocks, or if you are experiencing weakness, swelling, or temperature differences in your wrist and/or hands. You could also be suffering from a cumulative trauma injury if you are experiencing tingling, numbness, itching, chronic tiredness, or loss of functional skills.
For most workers' comp claims in California, the statue of limitation is one year. However, in cases of cumulative trauma, you have one year from the last day you were exposed to the occupational hazard that caused the health condition.
Additionally, it is imperative to retain aggressive legal representation for a claim. Unfortunately, cumulative trauma injuries are easily dismissed by insurers. An insurance company may claim that there is no medical evidence to support that your cumulative trauma injuries were caused by your job. This will put the burden of proof on you and you will need to prove:
If you are experiencing pain, tiredness, reduced capacity for repetitive work, inability to sleep or perform light duties, you should consult with a medical professional and retain the services of a trusted Fresno workers’ compensation attorney. If you do not receive proper medical care, you can expect worsening pain and more doctors’ visits in your future.
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