Cumulative injuries are work related injuries that progress gradually due to an activity at the workplace. Carpal tunnel and tennis elbow are common examples; however, there are back, knee and shoulder injuries that can also be considered cumulative injuries. They also can be pre-existing conditions made worse by repetitive activities you do at work. Cumulative injuries are eligible for compensation in accordance with Iowa Workers' Compensation laws.
Alert Your Doctor to Your Work-Related Injuries As Soon as Possible
In several situations, your employer and the Iowa Work Comp. Insurance company may attempt to disprove the cumulative injury claims. When you have a physical condition that you deem as being work-related, it is necessary that you bring this to your doctor's attention at the time of your appointment. Also, it is necessary to tell your employer that this condition could be work-related.
You need to fill out an accident form or an incident report from your place of work. This provides notice to your employer of your possible Iowa Workers' Comp. injury claim. Your right to Iowa Workers' Compensation benefits would be influenced by whether the physicians determine that your work injury was caused or aggravated by your work activities.
Especially because employers and insurance companies often try to deny these kinds of claims, it is important for you to consult with a skilled and knowledgeable Workers' Compensation attorney to ensure that you are compensated fully under Iowa law. Many law firms, such as Pothitakis Law Firm, provide free initial consultations to advise you on your claim.