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Lifting and Twisting all Day: Cumulative or Repetitive Trauma Injuries

Sep 28, 2011
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repetitive trauma injuryOne type of Ohio workers’ comp claim that we see quite regularly is the repetitive or cumulative trauma type injury. This typically occurs when a worker is required to regularly lift or maneuver objects in a continuous way. See National Institute of Health. These injuries are compensable in the same way as that of a distinct or acute injury (e.g. a fall or a car crash).

Such Injuries are On the BWC’s Radar

These types of injuries have been specifically referred to as “cumulative trauma disorders” by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). The BWC attempts to work with different industries to try and reduce the number of these types of claims. This is particularly true of the construction industry. See info on SafeGrant.

Cumulative Trauma Injuries Can Include

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Wrist tendonitis
  • Ulnar nerve entrapment
  • Epicondylitis
  • Shoulder tendonitis
  • Hand arm vibration syndrome

Cumulative Trauma Disorders Can Be Difficult Claims

It is our experience that cumulative trauma disorders are often contested by employers and/or the BWC. Despite the Ohio Supreme Court’s 1984 decision in Village v. General Motors, holding that injuries that develop over time are compensable, some question such claims because no distinct accident or injurious event has occurred.

We have found that many of these injuries involve the spine, particularly the low back, and respond well to physical therapy and chiropractic care. Sometimes workers require ongoing care with a chiropractor when their work duties continue to require lifting and twisting.

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