Repetitive Trauma Work Compensation Attorneys Palm Beach County
The two most common types of workplace injuries are caused by blunt force trauma and repetitive trauma. Blunt force trauma is a type of physical trauma caused to a body part or parts by impact, injury or physical attack. Examples of blunt force trauma injuries can include being hit by a car, falling from a roof or being electrocuted. These incidents cause immediate pain with varying degrees of trauma (simple vs. compound fractures; partial vs. total tears; bulges vs. herniated discs). Repetitive trauma injuries are injuries of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression (pressing against hard surfaces) or awkward positions causing damage that builds over a period of time resulting in pain, discomfort or an inability to perform job duties.
These injuries typically happen to workers who perform tasks hundreds, thousands or even million of times during their time with an employer. The forces exerted on the body can lead to arthritic bones, torn cartilage and herniated disks. Examples include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome or wrist pain from repetitive motion
- Cubital tunnel syndrome or “tennis elbow” pain from repetitive motion
- Back injury, disc herniation or shoulder injury due to repetitive strain or lifting
- Hearing disorders due to repeated exposure to loud industrial machinery
- Knee injuries resulting from long periods of standing and bending
Employees who develop a repetitive trauma injury may require extensive therapy, multiple surgeries and ergonomic training to correct body mechanics and prevent further cumulative trauma. Many employers and doctors are not aware that repetitive trauma injuries can be compensable under Florida and Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws.
The Repetitive Trauma attorneys at the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt have more than 100 years combined legal experience in identifying repetitive trauma injury cases. Our dedicated attorneys are trained to recognizing these injuries and are willing to help you win the benefits that may be available to you under the law.
If you believe you have a work-related repetitive trauma injury, call one of the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt today.
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