Millions of workers each year suffer from injuries that are not the result of sudden or traumatic injury; rather, these injuries develop gradually over an extended period of time at work, during a course of repetitive actions. Repetitive stress injuries, repetitive motion injuries, and cumulative trauma injuries are all terms used to commonly describe injuries that occur over time from actions or exposures on the job. Repetitive stress injuries can have just as a debilitating an effect, if not more so, than sudden injuries, often leaving the employee unable to perform vital work tasks or even daily living activities.
Under Kansas workers’ compensation law, cumulative trauma and repetitive stress injuries are recognized to the same extent as specific injuries caused by a singular event. However, it is often more difficult for an injured employee to prove the repetitive stress injury arose within the course and scope of employment, and the employer was timely notified. As such, employees who are suffering from repetitive stress injuries will often require the assistance of an experienced Kansas workers’ compensation attorney to receive the benefits to which they are entitled.
Repetitive motion injuries can occur in nearly any workplace, but those jobs are require employees to repeat the same motions over and over are most likely to cause repetitive stress injuries. Employees in the following occupations are statistically more likely to develop cumulative trauma injuries:
- Factory workers, including shoe and clothing factory workers
- Shipping and packing workers
- Bus drivers
- Fish processing workers
- School teachers
- Typists and secretaries
- Machinists, insulators, and other employees who are exposed to harmful airborne substances on a frequent basis
- Police officers and firearm, who often experience psychological injury from cumulative emotional stress
- Cleaning people
- Administrative assistants
- Truck drivers
Injuries Associated with Repetitive Motion and Cumulative Trauma
Some of the injuries most commonly associated with repetitive motion or cumulative trauma in the workplace include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Degenerative disc disease
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Hearing loss
- Back injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Neck injuries
- Asthma and lung disease
- Knee injuries
- Wrist or hand pain
- Emotional injury
All of these injuries can have a debilitating impact on an employee, frequently resulting in substantial medical bills, physical therapy, and missed time from work.
Receiving Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Repetitive Motion and Cumulative Trauma Injuries
Under Kansas’ workers’ compensation system, repetitive stress injuries arising within the workplace are recognized and included within the system. Employees who experience such injuries must notify their employer as soon as possible, as there are deadlines within which to provide notice or risk foreclosure of your action.
Contact Kansas City Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation
Injuries due to repetitive stress or cumulative trauma can be among the most difficult to obtain adequate workers’ compensation coverage due to the prolonged nature of the injuries and often intensive medical treatment required. If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied or if you are confused as to the workers’ compensation claim process, Michael R. Lawless, P.C. can help. The Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless of Michael R. Lawless, PA, devotes his practice to helping injured clients obtain the benefits they deserve. To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact our office today by calling locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.