The Cumulative Trauma InjuryBy Kenton Koszdin on October 24, 2018 | In Workplace Injury
Are you suffering from an injury that you think may be linked to the work you do? If so, your suspicions are not necessarily unreasonable. The term “cumulative injury” refers to a range of conditions that are typically caused by repeated exposure or repetitive activities. Common examples of cumulative injuries include repetitive stress injuries (RSIs), cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs), and repeated motion injuries (RMIs).
Cumulative injuries resulting from exposure are different, in that repetitive actions involve working in a particular environment or using certain materials. For instance, a painter may experience respiratory problems due to inhaling paint, chemicals, and other dangerous airborne particles. If you work in a high pressure job, you may also develop psychological conditions that are a cumulative injury brought on by the stresses of the job.
You may develop a serious health condition as the result of cumulative trauma injury. Most workers do not know they are able to seek workers’ compensation relating to such injuries. However, many employees have fought and won claims for workers’ compensation for cumulative trauma injury by presenting adequate supporting evidence.
Is my Cumulative Trauma Injury Covered?
You need to provide evidence that supports your case for workers’ compensation. Although cumulative trauma injury is being reported more frequently, insurance companies may deny your claim if you cannot prove the cumulative trauma injury occurred in the workplace.
If your claim is denied, a workers’ compensation lawyer can help you fight the decision. There are certain criteria you must meet in order to be considered for workers’ compensation due to a cumulative trauma injury. An experienced attorney will provide support in proofing your case.
If you develop symptoms of a cumulative trauma injury and seek appropriate treatment early, there is a very good chance the condition can be cured. In these cases workers’ compensation should cover any treatment you receive, including medications, and pay the cost of modifying your work schedule. In many cases a cumulative trauma injury is incurable and may even result in lifelong disability, in which case you will need to pursue disability benefits.
A disability attorney can help you deal with the paperwork you receive and any other correspondence. You will also receive support if your claim for disability benefits necessitates a hearing. If your case is not handled correctly, the process can take a considerable amount of time, which is why the services of a reputable disability attorney are often invaluable.
Kenton Koszdin Law Office
At the Kenton Koszdin Law Office you get the best of both worlds. If you have suffered a cumulative trauma injury we can offer support whether you are seeking workers’ compensation or disability benefits. Our team provides a free consultation during your first call, or, if you prefer, we can arrange an at-home visit.
We get straight to the point so no time is wasted in offering you excellence in legal representation. If you need an attorney you can trust, contact the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today.