Perhaps when a person thinks of workers' compensation, they likely think of major
construction or transportation accidents. While these types of injuries are the ones that are most associated with a workplace hazard, workers' compensation can even be claimed for injuries caused by
repetitive actions, such as
carpal tunnel syndrome.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused when the median nerves and tendons are compressed in the carpal tunnel in the wrist. When these nerves and tendons are compressed, pain, weakness, and numbness can occur in the hand and wrist. This is usually caused by repetitive motions, such as typing on a keyboard, using a cash register, or pressing items over and over.
Carpal tunnel can be diagnosed by a doctor, who may also recommend that a person undergo surgery to correct the condition. A person may also rest the affected area or stabilize it during work to help prevent the condition from worsening.
Proof in a Worker's Compensation Claim
Since carpal tunnel is a physical injury that is oftentimes suffered as a direct result of employment, a person may be able to file a compensation claim.
If a person is seeking to file a worker's compensation claim for carpal tunnel syndrome, they must prove:
- The carpal tunnel was caused a workplace injury and not a non-work-related activity
- The injury was not caused by a preexisting condition like arthritis or diabetes
- The exposure to carpal tunnel was greater than the general public due to the employment
If a person is able to prove that the carpal tunnel is due to the job and its related stresses, then a person will likely be able to recover workers' compensation for their injury.
In order to help prove that a repetitive motion injury was caused as a result of employment, contact the worker's compensation attorneys at Katz Leidman Grossman Wolfe & Freund for a free case evaluation.