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Can I receive workers’ compensation for a gradual injury?

Yes. Injuries that develop from work over a period of time are covered by workers’ compensation as injuries that happen suddenly. Gradual or wear-and-tear injuries can be more difficult to prove. To recover workers’ compensation, the gradual injury must be related to your work. It cannot be a natural progression of the aging process or result from something you do outside of work.

Examples of gradual or repetitive injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and bursitis. Workers at risk of gradual injuries include factory workers, people who spend a lot of time working on computers, painters and transportation operators. Expert testimony is particularly important in these cases as an employer may question the causal connection between your gradual injury and your work.

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