Iowa workers’ compensation laws cover many different types of injuries. People who perform repetitive tasks may develop cumulative injuries. Physical or emotional, cumulative injuries may have a life-long impact on employment and daily life. Seeking legal help is a necessary step to receiving benefits.
Types of Cumulative Injuries in Workers’ Compensation Cases
Cumulative injuries may be covered by workers’ compensation:
- Cumulative injuries may develop over time and are frequently caused or aggravated by repetitive work.
- Cumulative or repetitive stress injuries may include:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Lateral or Medial Epicondylitis, Tendonitis, Torn Ligaments, Muscles, and Rotator Cuffs, Hearing loss or ringing in the ears, Diseases that may be related to your job, for instance some lung diseases.
- Cumulative injuries may include neck, back, hip, shoulder, hand, arm, or knee injuries.
- Mental/emotional conditions, either on their own or together with a physical injury.
Common Question About Cumulative Injuries
Q: What if I had this problem before, but it got worse on the job?
A: You may still be entitled to benefits if your work aggravated or worsened your condition. A pre-existing condition does not disqualify you from benefits. A worker with a bad back made worse is an example. A company doctor may label it “degenerative” and benefits may be denied. However, a doctor who more thoroughly investigates the details of your work may find your work activities aggravated your old back condition.
Speak to a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Mark Chipokas and his trusted staff, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have more than 25 years of experience in representing Iowa workers who have suffered cumulative injuries. Mark delivers professional and personalized guidance to help you understand the laws and to maximize your benefits as much as possible. Schedule a free online consultation or call 319-366-7888 today