The workers’ compensation attorneys at Lear Werts were able to secure a voluntary, mid six-figure settlement for a client who was permanently and totally disabled as a result of repetitive trauma at work. Specifically, our client worked in a feed mill where his job was to handle and stack scores if not hundreds of 50-pound bags of feed each day. This process involved the worker lifting, twisting, and stacking each sack of feed as it was filled by the mill’s machinery. While the worker was a very strong man, years spent performing this job caused him to suffer significant neck injury and damage to the nerves running into his hands. This nerve damage resulted in significant loss of mobility and grip strength, as well as near-constant pain.
WebMD explains, “Repetitive motion injuries make up over 50% of all athletic-related injuries seen by doctors and result in huge losses in terms of cost to the workforce.” And repetitive motion can cause a number of different ailments. Given enough repetition, the small traumas can combine to cause a truly disabling injury. Such injuries are compensable under the Missouri Workers’ Compensation Act, though as in this case, such injuries are often hotly contested by employers and workers’ compensation insurance carriers. Nevertheless, with a proper workup of both the liability and damages aspects of the case, successful results can be achieved.