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October 5, 2018

Another CT Claim, Really?

What is a cumulative trauma claim?

A cumulative trauma claim is a type of workers’ compensation claim that is filed by an individual who has experienced a series of smaller injuries or traumas over a period of time rather than a single, isolated injury. Cumulative trauma claims are often seen in situations where an individual has been exposed to repeated physical stresses or strains over an extended period, such as in cases of repetitive motion injuries or exposure to hazardous conditions. These claims can be complex to evaluate, as they involve a combination of physical, psychological, and environmental factors.

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How can I protect my business from false cumulative trauma claims?

There are several steps that businesses can take to protect themselves from false cumulative trauma claims:

  1. Implement an effective injury and illness prevention program: By proactively addressing potential hazards and promoting safe work practices, businesses can reduce the risk of injuries and illnesses occurring in the first place. This can help to reduce the likelihood of legitimate cumulative trauma claims being filed, as well as deter employees from making false claims.
  2. Document workplace injuries and illnesses: It is important to keep accurate and detailed records of all workplace injuries and illnesses, including those that may be related to cumulative trauma. This can help to establish a clear record of what occurred and can be used to support or defend against a claim.
  3. Train employees on safe work practices: Providing employees with training on how to safely perform their job tasks can help to reduce the risk of injuries and illnesses occurring. This can include training on proper lifting techniques, ergonomics, and the use of personal protective equipment.
  4. Invest in ergonomic equipment and design: By investing in equipment and workplace design that promotes good posture and reduces the risk of repetitive motion injuries, businesses can reduce the risk of cumulative trauma claims being filed.
  5. Implement an early return-to-work program: An early return-to-work program can help employees to recover from injuries more quickly and can help to reduce the risk of cumulative trauma claims being filed. This can include offering modified duties or alternative work assignments to employees who are recovering from an injury.

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