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Workers’ comp for cumulative trauma disorders

On Behalf of | May 10, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) are injuries that build up over time, usually because of repeating the same motions at work. Knowing how these injuries are handled by workers’ compensation in California can be very important, especially if your job involves a lot of repetitive tasks.

What are cumulative trauma disorders?

CTDs are injuries that happen slowly over time. They come from doing the same movements over and over, standing in awkward positions, or using a lot of force. Examples include carpal tunnel syndrome from typing, tendonitis from factory work, or back problems from heavy lifting.

Challenges in claiming workers’ compensation for CTDs

  • Proving it’s work-related: It’s hard to show that these injuries are connected to your job because they happen gradually.
  • When symptoms start showing: Often, you might only start feeling pain or discomfort long after the job has caused the injury.
  • What you need to show: To get benefits, you need detailed records of your job duties and medical proof linking your symptoms to these duties.

Benefits available for CTDs under California’s workers’ comp

If you get hurt with CTDs, you can get several types of help. Medical treatment coverage, for example, includes all the medical care you need to figure out what’s wrong, treat it, and help you recover.

Disability benefits, on the other hand, offer income when you are unable to work. if you can’t work because of your injury, you’ll get money to help make up for your lost wages. If you can’t go back to your old job, you might get job displacement benefits to help you train for a new job or learn new skills.

CTDs are common but often not talked about much. They can really affect your health and your ability to work. Knowing your rights and what help you can get through workers’ compensation is key for anyone dealing with these types of injuries. Taking early steps to understand and manage your condition is crucial for getting the right support.