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The Frustration with Acute Musculoskeletal Injuries

Posted by Sebastian Grasso on Apr 29, 2015 1:21:00 PM

Three Types of Injuries

In my experience there are three categories of physical injury types (psych. not included).

  1. Acute Injuries - there’s an accident and a body part is broken, cut, bruised or burned.

  2. Cumulative Musculoskeletal Injuriesthey occur over time.

  3. The Acute Musculoskeletal Injury - has an event and may or may not be associated with the work environment. An example of this type of injury is the, “I felt a pop in my back when I bent over to lift”, or “I slipped when walking down the ramp and hurt my shoulder when I grabbed the rail to keep from falling”.
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Topics: Musculoskeletal Injuries

The Crux of Cumulative Musculoskeletal Trauma

Posted by Sebastian Grasso on Apr 22, 2015 2:47:00 PM

1. Objective vs. Subjective Injuries

In response to the “six figure eye roll” post, a couple of folks asked, “why do you think adjusters would rather not handle cumulative musculoskeletal trauma cases?”  My response to that question is, “For the same reason employers roll their eyes at them.” The reality is, there is a huge difference between these types of injuries.

  • Acute injuries are objective
  • Cumulative musculoskeletal trauma injuries are subjective

That means an employer can see an acute injury, it’s tangible, there was an accident. 

From the employers viewpoint a cumulative musculoskeletal trauma injury is not tangible, as there was no accident.

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Topics: Musculoskeletal Injuries

The Six Figure Eye Roll - Handling Musculoskeletal Injuries At Work

Posted by Sebastian Grasso on Mar 27, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Musculoskeletal Injuries Drive Employers Crazy

What is it about handling musculoskeletal injuries at work that drive all but the most sophisticated employers, nuts? It’s not just the employer either. It’s the claim rep. too. Walk into any workers compensation claims operation and notify the claims team that they will be divided into two segments. Half will be handling only ‘acute’ injuries (burns, head injury, lacerations etc..) and the other half will only be handling musculoskeletal or cumulative trauma injuries (carpal tunnel, strains/sprains, epicondylitis, etc...).  Ask how many of them volunteer to handle only musculoskeletal claims and I’ll bet you’ll hear crickets.

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Topics: Musculoskeletal Injuries

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