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    Is this illness or injury work related?

    Published on March 26, 2015 By Scott DeHart, MD, PhD, medical director, occupational health, Mount Nittany Physician Group

    As an occupational medicine practitioner, one of the most frequent questions that I am asked by employers is whether the injury or illness of their employee is work related or not. Unfortunately, in all but the most obvious cases, the answer is often in the gray zone, but workers’ compensation laws demand an unequivocal yes or no answer. If someone cuts himself on a sharp tool at work or slips and falls on a wet floor, then the answer is fairly obvious. However, this is not so much the case with the injuries known as cumulative trauma disorders (CTD), such as carpal tunnel syndrome, t...

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