Repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, are common workplace injuries. While it might not seem like the typical on-the-job injury that occurs after a one-time incident, you can still obtain workers’ compensation benefits for carpal tunnel syndrome if it was caused by your job duties. You will need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney on your side to guide you through the process to ensure the success of your claim.
About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome develops as a result of repeated pressure of the median nerve. The median nerve controls feeling and movement in most parts of the fingers and, when this area through which the median nerve runs becomes inflamed, it can cause pain in the hand and, in more severe cases, the arm.
Typically, those who develop carpal tunnel syndrome perform repetitive tasks as part of their job duties, including bending, typing for long periods of time, or lifting. The effects of this injury can be debilitating and cause long-term pain and discomfort.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome:
- Poor grip
- Wrist pain
- Tingling sensation in the fingers, wrist, hands, and arms
- Swollen fingers
- Hand pain
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, some of the treatments your doctor might recommend include:
- Immobilizing the area through the use of splints or braces
- Strengthening the muscles and tendons through physical therapy
- Medication or steroid shots to reduce swelling and pain
- Surgical intervention might be necessary to relieve pressure from the tendons and nerves
Proving Your Claim
Having carpal tunnel syndrome is not enough to be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. Your attorney will have to prove that your condition developed because of your job duties. Employers and insurance companies sometimes try to argue an employee’s carpal tunnel developed as a result of something unrelated to work, such as a hobby or other recreational activities.
The following can help prove your claim:
- Being examined and properly diagnosed by a qualified healthcare provider
- Having medical tests, x-rays, and other medical procedures performed to document your injury and create a paper trail
- Fully explaining the job duties you perform that likely resulted in the development of your condition
Obtain the Assistance of an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Cobb County!
Developing a repetitive stress injury like carpal tunnel syndrome can make life undoubtedly difficult and you might not be able to resume the same job you once had that resulted in your injury. At Chestnut & Beller in Cobb County, we will help you obtain the benefits you need while you are unable to work. Our workers’ compensation team is backed by over 60 years of combined experience that we will use to your advantage.