Cumulative trauma injuries are any injury that is sustained due to due to repetitive activities performed over a period of time. This can occur from seemingly benign tasks, such as chronic wrist pain from typing, a strained muscle from repetitve lifting, or even hearing damage or loss from a consistently loud work environment. These injuries are not limited to just a physical nature; a cumulative trauma injury can also include psychological injuries as a result of a stressful or hostile work environment.
These injuries are serious because they carry the risk of leaving lingering symptoms that will impact your comfort, ability to work, and well-being for the rest of your life. Trauma injuries often leave lasting effects such as chronic pain, increased sensitivity, partial or total hearing loss, and a number of other symptoms, both physical and mental.
Cumulative trauma injuries can be some of the most contentious, as often times the long-term effects of an incident can remain unknown for weeks, months, or even years. In these cases, the date upon which you first suffered the injury and either knew or should have known that such disability was caused by your present or prior employment is the most important date, and thus the date that starts your statute of limitations. You are always encouraged to file a claim with your employer's worker's compensation insurance company, however your claim may be denied for a number of reasons.
However, if you believe you have a legitimate claim due to an injury that occured while you were at work and would like to learn more about your legal options, we strongly encourage you to contact the skilled Santa Maria worker's compensation attorney at Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation for legal counsel. We are proud to offer free initial case consultations, and specialize specifically in worker's compensation law, making us a well-equipped law firm who can offer you strong, reliable legal advice.