As many as 15 million people in the United States are estimated to suffer from carpal tunnel effects. Carpal tunnel affects is the most expensive work-related injury, according to the American Chiropractic Association, with an average cost of $30,000 in medical bills and time away from work.
Ligaments and bones in the base of the hand form the carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel affects can cause pain, weakness, and numbness in the hand and wrist if the tendons in the tunnel become inflamed or irritated. In many cases, carpal tunnel affects patients who report that their fingers feel useless and swollen, making it difficult to grasp small objects or form a fist, even though the hand appears normal. Carpal tunnel affects is a progressive condition, which means that if left untreated, it can worsen over time.
Carpal tunnel affects can be caused by a variety of factors, including congenital conditions, trauma or injury to the wrist, overactivity of the pituitary gland, rheumatoid arthritis, or pregnancy complications. However, repetitive motion is a major factor in the development of carpal tunnel effects. Carpal tunnel affects is more common among assembly line workers in a variety of industries, as well as those in the following professions:
- Playing musical instruments
- Agricultural work
- Mechanical work
- Jobs that require repeated use of vibrating tools
As a result of your job, you may be entitled to compensation for carpal tunnel effects. However, determining the exact cause of your carpal tunnel affects is critical to a successful workers’ compensation or personal injury claim. Symptoms of repetitive motion injuries may not become apparent until after you’ve left the job that caused them, making it difficult to pinpoint the exact cause.
Wage and medical benefits, as well as disability payments, are provided to workers who are injured on the job. Workers’ compensation benefits are available to injured workers regardless of who is at fault, so long as they are unable to return to work (or are forced to work in a different capacity due to the condition).
It is critical that you follow these steps if you are experiencing work-related carpal tunnel effects.
- Report the injury: Make sure your employer is aware of your work-related illness or injury as soon as possible. As a result of your work-related injury, your employer needs to know about it. Many workplaces have strict time limits for reporting a work-related injury, making it difficult to win a workers’ compensation claim if the injury isn’t reported right away.
- Seek medical attention: When an injury develops slowly, such as carpal tunnel affects, it’s critical to seek medical attention right away. Your claim for medical expenses can be bolstered if you go to the doctor right away. This will help show that the injury was serious when you argue your case.
- Consult an attorney: Your right to representation by a lawyer means that he or she will collect medical records and other relevant documents for you. If you’ve been injured on the job, an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Workers’ compensation claims aren’t always the best option when you’ve been injured on the job. Carpal tunnel affects can be caused by a variety of things, including equipment malfunction or a car accident that was unrelated to your job. It’s possible to pursue compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, as well as emotional distress and property damage in a personal injury claim in this situation. For a free legal consultation, call (844) 414-1768