It started off as little tingling. Then your fingers felt tight and swollen — even though they looked normal. You occasionally experience sharp pain shooting all the way up your arm. Performing your job duties has become painful and difficult. Sound familiar?
At first you probably just shrugged it off as “wrist pain” but it could be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a debilitating medical condition that occurs when the nerve that runs through the forearm into the hand is pressed or squeezed at the wrist. Left untreated, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can lead to permanent damage. If your carpal tunnel is job-related, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits including time off, medical care and monetary compensation.
A wrist injury such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be difficult to see and diagnose, which makes it hard for you to do your job — and even harder for you to get the full extent of workers’ comp benefits you deserve.
Generally speaking, in order to have a valid worker’s compensation claim, your injury needs to have taken place at your current place of employment. Repetitive stress injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome have traditionally afflicted:
- Clerical Workers
- Plant, Assembly and Factory Workers
- Grocery Store Workers
- Waiters and Waitresses
But in today’s day and age where people are increasingly plugged into laptops and mobile devices, almost anyone is susceptible to a wrist injury due to repetitive motion. Constant computer and phone use has resulted in workers from sales people to graphic designers developing repetitive motion injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
So, wrist pain is becoming more commonplace … does that mean carpal tunnel workers’ compensation is a “done deal”?
In a word: no.
In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Unlike in the past, it’s no longer enough for an injured worker to simply show a doctor has diagnosed him or her with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Instead, injured workers must prove their Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is work-related — using both medical and factual evidence.
Whether you opt for a splint, surgery or a “watch-and-wait” approach, it is imperative to document all of your medical treatment so you are fully prepared for your workers’ compensation hearing.
Your employer may try and prove your carpal tunnel syndrome did not develop as a result of your job. If you talked to — or received treatment from — your own doctor at some point, your employer/insurer may argue that’s proof your carpal tunnel injury is NOT work related.
Do not let this prevent you from getting the full extent of carpal tunnel workers’ compensation benefits you deserve!
You don’t necessarily need an attorney to file a claim but you should have legal representation if the case goes to a hearing. Otherwise it’s you against your employer (and their insurer) and they may use their considerable clout and legal expertise to influence the judgment. Injured workers are therefore strongly encouraged to hire an injury compensation attorney that knows the system and can defend your interests.
If you have sustained a wrist injury as a result of your daily duties, you deserve maximum compensation for your pain and suffering. Let legal expert Howard B. Segal handle your case, protect your rights and help you reach a fair settlement.
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