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What are cumulative trauma injuries and can I be compensated for them?

Cumulative trauma injuries are conditions that develop over a period of time due to the nature of the injured person’s work.

Under Nebraska workers’ compensation law, cumulative injuries qualify for workers’ compensation benefits even if they occur over a period of time rather than in one incident.  For purposes of filing a workers’ compensation claim, the date that the worker seeks medical treatment and is unable to return to work will be considered the time frame in which the worker sustained the injury and must therefore notify the employer of the injury.

Examples of cumulative injury include things like carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder injuries, or knee injuries, all of which can develop and worsen over time until they are severe enough to require medical attention.  Cumulative injuries are very complicated and require detailed expert testimony in order to be successful.

If you believe you may have suffered a cumulative trauma injury you should contact an attorney immediately to discuss you particular claim.

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