International Paper Co. v. Melton

In International Paper Co. v. Melton, 866 So. 2d 1158 (Ala. Civ. App. 2003), the trial court found: "Regarding the notice issue of Melton's carpal tunnel claim, the courts have held that the date of injury for cumulative trauma disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome is the date of last exposure to the injurious job stimulation." Affirming the trial court, the Court of Civil Appeals of Alabama stated: Moreover, in Zeanah v. Stewart Animal Clinic, P.C., 752 So. 2d 505, 508 (Ala. Civ. App. 1999), this court relied upon Dun & Bradstreet Corp. v. Jones, 678 So. 2d 181 (Ala. Civ. App. 1996), in concluding that, for purposes of the notice requirements under 25-5-78, "for accidents or occurrences involving cumulative-stress disorders, the date of the worker's last exposure to the stressor is considered the date of the injury." . . . Based on the facts of this case and our holding in Zeanah, supra, we conclude that the trial court did not err in finding that Melton gave International Paper adequate and proper notice of his carpal tunnel syndrome claim. (Id. at 1162-63.)