Types of Work injuries – Continuous Trauma
Everybody knows about the usual work injuries, such as lifting a heavy box and suddenly a sharp pain is felt in the lower back. But what if the lifting of that heavy box didn’t cause a sudden back pain, but a slow and gradual pain that developed and increased over time. Is that still a work injury? Does this type of injury allow for Workers’ Compensation benefits? The answer to both questions is YES.
These types of injuries are called continuous trauma or repetitive trauma injuries. They are very common and are treated just the same as the specific immediate injury. Other examples of continuous trauma injuries are carpal tunnel in the wrists due to repetitive hand use and lower extremity injuries such as plantar fasciitis or ligament tears due to repetitive walking or standing.
These types of injuries are fully compensable as work injuries entitling the injured work to medical care, temporary disability, permanent disability and retraining. (Author John Metz has specialized in Workers’ Compensation for 27 years in the Ontario area and is a Partner at Cleveland and Metz.)