Do You Have An Overuse Injury Caused By The Cumulative Effects Of Your Job?
It is not necessary to suffer a workplace accident to claim workers’ comp. Oklahoma workers’ compensation recognizes cumulative trauma claims — injuries that develop over time from repeated motions or other job-related wear-and-tear on the body.
These injuries can be just as debilitating, requiring surgery or time away to recuperate. In some cases overuse injuries lead to permanent total disability. You can turn to Ray Lahann, Attorney of Tulsa for experienced and aggressive representation. I handle cumulative trauma claims in Tulsa, northeast Oklahoma and statewide.
Cumulative Trauma / Repetitive Stress Injury
Perhaps you have been gradually losing strength or feeling. Perhaps your symptoms came on suddenly, such as shooting pains when you bend down or raise your arm. You may not be able to point to a specific incident or accident. As long as a doctor confirms that the rigors of your job were the direct cause and sole cause of your injury, you are eligible to seek workers’ compensation benefits.
I bring 15 years of focused experience in work injury law, including successful advocacy for overuse and repetitive stress claims under Oklahoma workers’ comp. Common examples of cumulative trauma cases include:
- Hearing damage from workplace noise exposures
- Carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrists or forearms
- Cubital tunnel syndrome in the elbow
- Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries (tendinitis, torn meniscus)
- Herniated discs in the neck or back
- Lumbar strains (lower back injury)
- Plantar fasciitis and foot injuries
- Other orthopedic injuries
The Body Can Only Take So Much Abuse
I have represented firefighters, utility workers, construction workers, airplane mechanics and many others who were on their job for 20 or 30 years before their bodies simply gave out. Repeated motions, prolonged exposure to high-decibel noise, or frequent bending, lifting or reaching overhead can take a toll. Unfortunately, cumulative trauma claims are frequently denied or challenged by insurers.
I help clients prove their ailments are work-related and help them get medical authorization for surgery or other necessary care. I have also obtained disability settlements and awards for clients who are not able to go back to work because of the irreversible nerve damage or damage to their joints.
We Are Ready To Help
Reach out to my law firm, Ray Lahann, Attorney of Tulsa, for a free consultation. You can call my Tulsa office at 918-901-9567 or contact me online. I will personally handle your case and guide you through the legal process.