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Ask Our Attorney Mark Hedberg:Worker’s Compensation Cumulative Injuries/Gradual Injuries

Those which occur over time from work activities and include injuries from overuse or repetitive motion. These injuries may develop over a period of months or, in many cases, a number of years.

In cumulative injury or gradual injury cases, the date of injury is often a point of dispute. Generally, it is NOT when the employee first began experiencing pain or problems. It is more likely to be:

  • When the employee first sought medical care for the condition,
  • When the employee was first treated with surgical or other invasive care,
  • When a medical professional first informed the employee of the nature and seriousness of the condition, or
  • When the employee first missed work or had hours reduced because of the condition.

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