January 19, 2012
A specific injury is an event that occurs at a particular place or time. For example, if I am lifting a box of goods, and then suddenly my back blows out that would be a specific injury. The other type of injury is a little more complex. It's called accumulative or continuous injury and that's something the evolves over a period of time. The example that is given is a paper clip, if you bend the paperclip and you bend it and eventually it breaks. Well if I engage in repetitive activities in my work situation such as typing, lifting, pushing, pulling, exposure to noise and those exposures cause a medical problem then that is also considered to be job related. So you either have a specific or the cumulative trauma.