Workers sometimes have to do repetitive job duties day in and day out, and that can put a strain on their muscles and joints and lead to cumulative trauma injuries.
Many people don’t realize how serious these injuries can be.
What’s a cumulative trauma injury?
Unlike a sudden, traumatic injury from a fall or a torn ligament, cumulative trauma injuries come on slowly. Tiny amounts of damage don’t have the time to heal in between a person’s job duties, so the damage builds up and becomes harder and harder to overcome or ignore.
Cumulative trauma is particularly common in factory work and assembly line work — but it can happen even to people who work a desk job and spend all day on their computers.
How can a person know if they have a cumulative trauma injury?
Typically, cumulative trauma injuries cause pain that isn’t too bad — at first. The pain will usually get worse as the condition progresses.
Oftentimes, people don’t realize that they have something amiss until it progresses to the point that they can’t take the pain and the pain doesn’t abate even with their normal pain relief measures. Going to the doctor will usually have the person go through imaging tests, such as CT scans, MRIs, or x-rays to determine the extent of the injuries.
Anyone who has a cumulative trauma injury should ensure they visit a doctor. Filing for workers’ compensation is also necessary. This should cover your medical care costs and other expenses related to the injury you suffered due to work. An attorney who’s familiar with these cases can help you to ensure you get the benefits you’re due. They can also assist you with an appeal if that becomes necessary.