Definition of Cumulative Injury
Cumulative injury is an injury that results from repeated exposures or events on your job, such as hurting your wrist from making the same kind of motion repeatedly or backstrain from repeatedly lifting heavy boxes. For an injury to be covered by workers' compensation, it does not have to be a sudden accident, such as a fall or being hit by an object. It may be an injury that results from some type of repeated motion or movement. This may also include physical conditions that are aggravated by your workplace conditions, such as a lung disease being made worse by airborne chemicals or the effects of psychological stress that is brought on by your job or your work conditions.
Cumulative injury workers' compensation claims are a new type of claim that has been steadily evolving. It is a type of claim that your employer or your employer's workers' compensation insurance company may likely try to fight and deny. Cumulative injury is often hard to establish and prove. It is the type of injury where you will probably need the help and assistance of a workers' compensation attorney in order to get the benefits that you are entitled to.