Attorneys in the workers’ compensation system understand the concept of “cumulative trauma.” But apparently policy makers do not understand the value of this concept, as they continue to threaten to roll back this long standing concept of California Workers’ Compensation Law. Here we will explain it in simple terms.
Imagine a housekeeper lifting 20 plus mattresses, each and every day, all by herself. The hotel doesn’t have fitted sheets, making it even more difficult to lift and get that fitted-sheet look & feel that’s expected of hotels by their guests.
Now imagine having worked that job for 10, 20, 30 years and your back or shoulders finally give out from the repetitive motion, leaving you with little option for future employment. This is a cumulative trauma workers’ compensation claim. But imagine filing that claim against your employer.
Insurance companies would rather throw you to the wolves than approve a cumulative trauma claim.
That’s why at the Law Office of Michelle D. Brodie we continue to fight for this vital lifeline and implore the policy makers to leave the option available to injured workers to file for cumulative trauma claims in California.