Alabama Workers Compensation Repetitive Use Injury

If you work or were employed in Alabama and you have suffered an on the job injury*, you are most likely entitled to Alabama Workers' Compensation benefits (for more information on if you qualify for workers' compensation benefits-please see our blog entitled "Alabama Workers' Compensation Benefits Do I have a claim?) When people think of a job injury, they typically think of someone falling or injuring their back by picking up something heavy, but not all job injuries are acute in nature. Many job injuries arise over time due to over use of a body part. These repetitive use injuries are known as cumulative trauma injuries.

Cumulative trauma injuries (such as Raynaud's syndrome, trigger finger, carpel tunnel syndrome) arise from a worker repetitively and over time doing the same type of motion/movement at work. For such repetitive use injuries, the courts in Alabama have held that the injured worker must prove by clear and convincing evidence that their injury was the result of their job duties, so the burden of proof is higher than for a typical job accident.

Often the symptoms of overuse come on gradually and the injured worker does not really notice anything until one day a stabbing pain shoots through their arm, or they suddenly discover that they have no grip strength when a coffee cup falls from their hands. The gradualness of the injury does not immediate cause the worker to think that their condition may be work related, but if you begin thinking your condition may be work related, speak with your treating physician (it is imperative that one's treating physician knows what your job duties are and how long you have been performing said duties) and immediately report the condition to your employer.

If you are suffering from a repetitive use injury/cumulative trauma injury and are having some difficulty getting workers compensation benefits, or if you just have some questions about your rights under Alabama's workers' compensation statue, the Alabama Workers Compensation lawyers at Powell and Denny would be happy to speak with you.

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* also referred to by the following phrases: Injured at Work; Accident at Work, Workplace Injury, Work place accident, Workers' Compensation, Workers' Comp; Work Injury, Work Injuries, On the Job Injury, Injuries on the Job or Injured at Work.

Alabama Workers Compensation Repetitive Use Injury