Occupational Injuries: Specific Event Or Cumulative Trauma

Specific injuries happen at specific events at a given time, such as falls or motor vehicle accidents.

Alternatively, injuries may occur over time through repetitive use in what is called a "cumulative trauma injury" or a "CT."

Cumulative trauma can happen without the worker noticing. The most common mechanism of a cumulative trauma injury is repetitive overuse of a keyboard, data entry or repetitive heavy lifting.

A cumulative trauma can also happen at a mental or emotional level when they force the worker to perform unfair amounts of work or abusive treatment by bosses or coworkers.

Both specific events and cumulative traumas are compensable on-the-job injuries for which an injured worker can apply for workers' compensation medical and financial benefits.