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 grocery store clerk or an office worker, you could suffer from a cumulative trauma injury.
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 more information about cumulative trauma injuries and to see if you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, contact our Bakersfield workers’ compensation attorneys at Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation. For a free case evaluation, call (661) 716-5555 today!