Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Claims
Fight Back With NY Workers' Compensation Attorneys
Occupational injuries are those that occur as a direct result from the
course of employment. For example, someone that works in construction
back problems after a long period of time based on the standing, bending, and lifting
expectations of the job. One of the more common occupational injuries,
especially for those working in office settings, is the development of
carpal tunnel syndrome. While many people do not believe that they are
entitled to workers' compensation for carpal tunnel injuries, occupational
injuries are covered under workers' compensation laws in New York.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a result of
repetitive hand motions such as typing or other types of repetitive hand motions. The "carpal"
is the narrow passage at the base of the hand that the tendons and nerves
go through. When this area swells, it creates pressure on the nerves which
can result in numbness in the fingers and hands.
There are several signs to look for in regards to carpal tunnel syndrome
- Numbness in the thumb and two consecutive fingers
- Pain that radiates down to the elbow
- Difficulty moving fingers in subtle motions
- Problems with the strength of your grip
- Muscles under the thumb slowly decreasing
Each case is unique in the affects the injury has. If you are having any
or all of these symptoms, it is possible that you have carpal tunnel syndrome.
If this is a result of the activities you are doing at work, such as computer
work or other repetitive hand motions, it is crucial that you speak with
a medical professional about your injuries and that you contact a lawyer
to help you with your claim.
Should I File A Workers Comp Claim For Carpal Tunnel?
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
If an injured worker is able to prove that the carpal tunnel is due to
the job and its related stresses, then they will likely be able to recover
workers' compensation for their injury.
Turn to Our NYC Law Firm for Help
At Katz, Leidman, Freund & Herman, our workers comp lawyer in NY has
helped countless individuals who suffer from this syndrome handle the
workers' compensation necessary. When one can no longer work due to pain, it is possible to
have a claim for the wages you have lost due to the inability to work.
After all, this is a work related injury. The state of New York has laws
in place to protect workers, and if you are dealing with such an injury
it is important that you get legal representation to assist you in fighting
for fair compensation in your claim. It is strongly advised that you have
a workers' compensation attorney to assist you in making your claim
Trying to make the claim on your own may be difficult, and often the response
from workers' compensation is unacceptable to the person suffering
the injury. Claim forms and documentation are necessary in any workers'
compensation claim, and when your hands are damaged due to carpal tunnel
syndrome, it can be even more difficult to get the paperwork submitted properly.