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What You Need To Know About Carpal Tunnel Workers Compensation

Carpal tunnel is a common workplace injury that develops after years of repetitive motion. If you develop carpal tunnel as a result of your work, you may qualify for a worker’s compensation claim. Carpal tunnel is a serious injury that can impact your ability to work, so if you’ve developed carpal tunnel syndrome you need to seek medical treatment immediately.

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Approximately 3-6% of all Americans suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, that is nearly 15 million people. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive-stress disorder that occurs when the median nerve in your arm becomes pressed or pinched at the wrist. Carpal tunnel can also happen as the result of an accident that caused broken bones and fractures in the hand or wrist. Carpal tunnel impedes your fine motor skills and can be a debilitating injury.

What Are The Symptoms Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome, also called median nerve compression, is a painful illness that can impact your ability to work. So it is really important if you are in an industry like computer programming, assembly line manufacturing, cashiering, or even hairstyling, where your work requires repetitive motion. Here are some of the symptoms to watch out for:

  • Pain in the wrists or hands
  • Pain radiating up the arm into the shoulders
  • Hand numbness especially in your thumb, index, middle, and ring finger
  • The feeling of pins and needles in your hands, wrists, and arm
  • Hand soreness at night
  • Clumsiness
  • Loss of feeling
  • Trouble grasping items
  • Hand weakness
  • Wrist weakness

Carpal Tunnel Treatments

If carpal tunnel goes left untreated, you could lose function of your hand, specifically your thumb. Therefore it is crucial you see a doctor at the first sign of symptoms before your injury worsens. Once you’ve been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, your doctor will prescribe a variety of treatment options including:

  • Wrist Splinting: Which requires wearing a brace either while you work, at night while you sleep, or both.
  • Medication: Your doctor may prescribe a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or corticosteroid to relieve the inflammation, swelling, and pain.
  • Endoscopic Surgery: Your doctor may recommend endoscopic surgery, is a small surgery that uses a telescopic device to cut the ligament to free your median nerve.
  • Surgery: Your doctor may recommend open surgery to cut the ligament and free the nerve. Surgery is extremely painful and has a long healing time and is only used in severe cases.

Making A Carpal Tunnel Claim

If you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, you may have a worker’s compensation claim. In order to file a claim, you need to immediately report the diagnosis to your employer. Then whether it is a result of an accident or repetitive motion, you must prove that your injury is work-related. This can be difficult in carpal tunnel cases because there are many factors that can lead to developing carpal tunnel. If you have hobbies outside of work that use repetitive motion like playing an instrument or tennis or other illnesses like arthritis or gout, the insurance company may argue that your development of carpal tunnel is not related to your work. Therefore, if you need to make a carpal tunnel claim, you need the help of an experienced attorney to help prove your claim.

An knowledgeable attorney like our friendly experts at , Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh can help you get a fair settlement for your carpal tunnel claim. We know exactly what documentation is required to prove that the carpal tunnel is a result of your work, can help you file a worker’s compensation claim, and will help you negotiate a settlement when the insurance companies are being difficult. We have represented thousands of people just like you in the Sarasota area and so contact us today for a free consultation to see how we can help you.

Michael J. Babboni's wide-ranging legal career is based on the strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and have access to effective legal help. Michael began putting his beliefs in action by helping the people of St. Petersburg Florida get what they are owed in civil trials fighting to protect families by making corporations pay, and honor their obligations.

What You Need To Know About Carpal Tunnel Workers Compensation

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