When Work Takes Its Toll, Get What You’re Owed
If you worked a physically demanding job, like construction, factory work, nursing, other health care jobs or anything that required strength and stamina, you should be proud.
And when the repetitive stress of your work, spread over time, leaves you with a cumulative trauma disorder, you should be paid.
Kentucky Workers’ Compensation covers your medical treatment and some of your lost wages when wear and tear from your job leaves you unable to work.
But this is about more than money—it’s about maintaining the lifestyle you earned through all that hard work.
At Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer, we see a lot clients with repetitive strain injuries. It’s common, whether you worked with a jackhammer or other heavy tools on construction jobs—or if you repeated strenuous tasks in a factory, a coal mine or even in an office on a computer.
Our law firm is a leader in cumulative trauma Workers’ Comp claims. Attorney McKinnley Morgan helped get these kinds of cases taken seriously by our legal system in the first place.
If you can’t work because of a repetitive stress injury, put our Kentucky Courage™ to work for you.
What Is Cumulative Trauma?
A cumulative trauma injury happens when a motion you must repeat over and over slowly causes damage to your body, over months or sometimes years.
These are common cumulative trauma issues:
- Neck problems
- Back problems
- Joint replacements (in your knees or hips)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (in your hands and arms)
- Cubital tunnel syndrome (in your elbow)
- Shoulder surgeries
You can develop many other impairments from long-time exposure to hazardous conditions at work, including hearing loss and black lung disease.
Don’t hesitate to seek maximum Workers’ Comp benefits for these conditions just because you can’t tie them to one particular accident on one particular day.
Cumulative trauma is even included as part of the definition of a workplace injury in Kentucky’s Workers’ Comp law: “Injury is defined as any work-related traumatic event or series of events, including cumulative trauma, arising out of and in the course of employment.”
At Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer, we’ll meet with you to evaluate your case—at no cost to you.
How to Prove Your Cumulative Trauma Workers’ Compensation Case
Even when you know your pain was caused by your job, employers and Workers’ Comp insurance companies often want to save their money by fighting your claim.
If they deny your Workers’ Comp claim, you’ll need strong evidence to fight back.
Follow these strategies to build a successful claim:
- Medical evidence. Submit medical evidence from doctors who have treated your condition.
- Prompt action. A recent change in state law gives you two years from the time your doctor determined your injury was work-related to file your claim. Don’t wait.
- Tell your employer. Report to your employer that you’ve suffered an injury because of work as soon as you realize it.
And, get an experienced lawyer.
The key to winning benefits is proving that your cumulative trauma injury resulted from your work.
The lawyers at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer know the system and how to prove your case.
Get the maximum compensation you’re owed.