HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED?
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CALIFORNIA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
Has Your Employer or Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company Explained To You Exactly What An ‘Injury’ Is Under California Law?”
AN INJURY IS NOT JUST ONE SPECIFIC EVENT UNDER CALIFORNIA LAW
AN INJURY IS OFTEN DEVELOPED AND UNNOTICED OR NON-OBVIOUS
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An “injury” for California workers’ compensation purposes is often not obvious. In fact, most workers and employees don’t even know they have a workers’ compensation injury!!!
Sure– it’s obvious you have an “injury” when you fall off a 12 foot ladder and hurt yourself, or, when you slip and fall on water on a slippery surface at work. But what about other situations when there is no specific event?
What about situations where you work at a computer every day and you get tired hands or cramps in your neck but you still do your job?
- Or, when you file documents every day and, after time, your grip strength starts to get weaker but you still do your job?
- Or, when you repeatedly lift things at work and your already bad back gets a little worse?
- Or, when you drive for prolonged periods of time making deliveries or sales calls and your back feels pain or an increase in pain that was already there before you started your job?
- Or, you work around a lot of chemicals and fumes, and overtime you have more and more difficulty breathing?
- Or, you simply work fast under pressure at work and you become anxious or depressed?
- Or, you work at night, and because of that you have difficulty sleeping in the day, have difficulty maintain your regular eating schedule, or become more irritable with your spouse mentally?
- Or, when you, a diabetic, stub your toe at work, and the toe becomes infected?
- Or, when you simply go to your personal doctor and your doctor notices that your high blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes has gotten worse—did you even consider your work may be a factor in that?
These are only a few of the many types of injuries which are legally referred to in California as “cumulative trauma” injuries. If due to the repetitive nature of your job duties performed, little by little, overtime—and even though you can still do your job—you develop symptoms, pain, an increase in pre-existing symptoms, an increase in pre-existing pain, or simply become weaker, frustrated or tired—there’s a good chance you have a “cumulative trauma” injury that needs to be addressed.