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The Two Forms of Occupational Injury and What They Mean

Oct. 10, 2019

Workplace injuries happen frequently, and most of them are immediate. When you get injured at work such as in a fall, you know that you will be covered by the company’s workers’ compensation insurance. You will get treatment or maybe be on restriction at work for a bit. But overall you will often be able to heal and recover.

But sometimes workplace injuries are not so cut and dry. There are some injuries that happen over time, and they are not apparent immediately. In fact, if you work at one job for years and then move on to something else, you could discover the occupational injury after you no longer work for the company, and that’s when things get complicated. First, you have to know the two forms of occupational injury.

Repetitive Trauma

Repetitive trauma injuries happen when you make repetitive movements for a long duration of time. Sometimes, it takes years of repetitive movements to cause injury. The most common injury of this type is carpal tunnel, which affects typists and factory workers most frequently. You can also get repetitive trauma in the back or joints other than the wrist. These injuries may not be apparent right away, and they sometimes require surgery to correct.

Occupational Disease

The other type of occupational injury is occupational disease, such as mesothelioma. Occupational disease occurs when you are exposed to chemicals and other environmental pollution for a long duration of time, usually many months or years. These occupational diseases can affect the rest of your life, and they can shorten your life considerably.

If you have an occupational injury, it can be difficult to get compensation. You must be able to prove that the injury or disease was the direct result of your employment. In addition, if you have already left the company, you might need legal assistance to argue your case. If you have an occupational injury or illness, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.