Repetitive wear and tear injuries, job duties, is this Worker’s Comp.?

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While everyone is familiar with typical work injuries like straining your back while lifting a heavy box, not all workplace injuries manifest in an instant. Consider a scenario where lifting that weighty box doesn’t result in an immediate sharp pain but instead leads to a slow, gradually increasing discomfort over time. The question then arises: Is this still considered a work injury? The answer is a resounding YES.

These kinds of injuries fall under the category of continuous or repetitive trauma injuries. Despite their less conspicuous nature, they are just as significant as immediate injuries. Examples include carpal tunnel syndrome caused by repetitive hand movements and lower extremity issues like plantar fasciitis or ligament tears from repetitive walking or standing.

The good news is that these injuries are fully compensable as work-related injuries, entitling the affected worker to medical care, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, and even retraining opportunities. If you think you have a wear and tear injury from work, call us. Your Worker’s Comp. insurance and employer will likely deny this claim even though you put in years of your effort on the job. Remember, your wages pay for your time and effort, they don’t pay for your worn out body parts. If you have any questions about this kind of injury please call us

Charles Cleveland
Certified specialist workers compensation law