The Most Common Types of Workers’ Comp Claims 7 – Cumulative trauma injuries

Categories: Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law. | September 7, 2021

Some work injuries don’t occur at a specific time, but rather they are the result of a degenerative process that takes place over months or years. These types of injuries are known as cumulative or repetitive trauma injuries. If you have developed injuries over time as a result of your job, you may be eligible to qualify for coverage under your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance in Illinois.

Cumulative or repetitive injuries can occur in nearly any workplace. Cumulative trauma injuries refer to an injury that has developed over time due to repetitive use or exposure while at work, which contrasts with specific injuries that have occurred as a result of one single accident. These activities can cause disability or the need for medical care.

These injuries can occur as a result of:

• Computer workplace repetitive motion, such as using a mouse, typing, or clicking
• Repetitive movements in a factory or production environment
• Frequent lifting, especially of large or awkward loads
• Swiping items at a supermarket checkout
• Repetitive twisting, bending, or stretching
• Regular grasping, gripping, or straining
• Many other repetitive movements

Examples of cumulative trauma injuries include:

• Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
• Rotator cuff tendonitis
• Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
• Back injuries
• Bursitis

If you believe that you have sustained a cumulative trauma injury while on the job, finding an experienced work injury lawyer is crucial when trying to seek compensation. Cumulative trauma injuries cannot be traced to a single event, so demonstrating a relation to work is not as easy. We can help you build a workers’ compensation case and recover the benefits you deserve. We know this is a very difficult time in your life, and we are sensitive to the stresses you are experiencing as a result of your injury. For immediate help with a work injury case, call (312) 726-5567 for a free consultation or contact us online.