Carpal tunnel syndrome can result in significant pain, missed work, and expensive medical bills. There are different causes of carpal tunnel, and when your injuries are related to your employment, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation for carpal tunnel. Under California law, most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover employees’ workplace injuries.
If you have developed carpal tunnel as a result of carrying out your job duties, contact California workers’ compensation attorney, Joseph Kritzer, to discuss your injuries and work comp benefits. He has represented injured employees for more than two decades, and he will protect your rights and help you get the benefits to which you are entitled.
What Is Carpal Tunnel?
Carpal tunnel is caused by a compressed nerve called the median nerve, which runs from the forearm, through the wrist, and into the hand. The compression of the nerve can lead to pain, tingling, weakness, and numbness in the fingers, hand, wrist, and arm. Sometimes carpal tunnel causes physical limitations leaving injured employees unable to perform specific tasks and activities. Carpal tunnel symptoms may come and go, especially in the initial stages of the injury, which can make it difficult to recognize right away.
Causes Of Carpal Tunnel
Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by physical conditions such as being overweight, diabetes, arthritis, or thyroid disease, but it is more commonly caused by injuries related to awkward repetitive movements. It can also be caused by the frequent use of vibrating equipment, fractures, or trauma to the wrist. The condition can increase in severity when left untreated.
Work-Related Carpal Tunnel
A recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined work-related carpal tunnel syndrome statistics in California. The report found that certain industries such as manufacturing, assembly line, and animal processing work had high rates of carpal tunnel injuries sustained by employees who made workers’ compensation claims.
Our workers’ compensation team frequently represents office workers and healthcare workers who have developed carpal tunnel syndrome from years of data entry, filing, and repetitive lifting. Other jobs that commonly cause carpal tunnel injuries include construction workers, hairdressers, and food service workers.
Workers’ Compensation Claims
The type of medical care required for carpal tunnel depends on the extent of the injury and the impact it has on the injured employee. Treatment may involve physical therapy, steroid injections, wearing a hand and wrist splint, and sometimes surgery. In the worst cases, carpal tunnel injuries may result in permanent nerve and muscle damage.
For these reasons, seeking medical treatment as soon as you suspect you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome is very important. Unfortunately, these injuries and necessary treatments often lead to significant medical expenses and lost wages due to missed work.
As mentioned above, California law requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees so that costs like medical expenses and lost wages are covered for work-related injuries. Additional compensation may be available for injuries resulting in permanent disability and loss of earning capacity.