Definition of Repetitive Trauma Injury
A repetitive trauma injury, as it relates to workers' compensation in Texas, is defined as being harm or damage to the physical structure of the body that takes place as the result of repetitious, physically traumatic activities that occur over time and arise out of and in the course and scope of employment. There are several types of repetitive trauma injury that may occur. These include carpal tunnel syndrome or wrist pain, cubital tunnel syndrome or elbow pain, back injury, shoulder injury or disc herniation from repetitive lifting or strain and knee injuries from long periods of bending and standing.
A repetitive trauma injury is regarded as a compensable workers' compensation injury in most states when it can be established that it arose out of and in the course and scope of employment. Because a repetitive trauma injury is not an injury that results from one single incident that has a definite time and place, a date of injury has to be established. This is not always easy to do, and what is looked at as the date of injury for a repetitive trauma injury varies from state to state. In most instances, an injured worker with a repetitive trauma injury is going to need the help and advice of a workers' compensation lawyer.