The State of California recognizes that not all injuries happen at a specific date and time. Accordingly, the State of California recognizes an injury called Cumulative Trauma. This is a type of injury that’s due to the day in and day out activities of work of which slowly have caused the body to deteriorate to the point that it’s injured. This also could be in the form of exposure to toxins and other chemicals as well.
Cumulative Trauma Disorders are a wide range of injuries that collectively affect muscles, tendons, and ligament structures. This isn’t caused by a specific day and time, but rather over a prolonged period of time. Repetitive postures or combination of postures produce an overload of muscles beyond their inherent capacity for immediate recovery.
It is commonly recognized that Cumulative Trauma Disorders arise out of or occur from repetitive overuse and can be categorized as a type of occupational illness.
Work activities which require prolonged periods of static posture can also enable an area of primary stress to the body as well. Muscles develop “trigger points” (a condition that refers pain from one area to another area), due to the chronic stress state of the muscle, which can affect any part of the body.
Injuries can differ from job to job. In the case of construction where exposure to dangerous and toxic elements are commonplace, injuries can range from trauma caused by falling objects and chronic respiratory disorders caused by breathing poisonous fumes and gases.
If you suffer from a Cumulative Trauma Disorder, you are entitled to get medical treatment and compensation. We can evaluate whether you may be able to receive temporary or permanent disability benefits for your injuries.
Many individuals have cumulative trauma injuries when they are fired/laid off or retire from their job and don’t know they have these injuries. They are then told they are required to report the injury before their last day of work. Otherwise, they aren’t entitled to benefits. This is incorrect. If you did not have foreknowledge (knowledge of something before it exists or happens) that you had an injury until after your last day of work, you can file a claim within one year of that date that you have knowledge of the injury. Insurance companies will fight it. As long as you didn’t have foreknowledge of the injury prior to your last day of work, we will win your case.
If you or someone you care about needs representation due to a life changing injury or condition related to California Workers’ Compensation law, Humphrey & Associates is committed to obtaining a fair outcome. We’ll evaluate the potential benefits and compensation you may be legally entitled to. There is no fee until the resolution of the case.
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