Not all workplace injuries are the result of sudden accidents. Although this certainly does happen, workers frequently suffer from occupational diseases and repetitive stress injuries, conditions that arise or become aggravated by the conditions present in the worker’s environment or the type of work they perform. These can take months or years to reach the point where they make it difficult or impossible for a worker to perform their job duties. This does not make them any less worthy of a Workers’ Compensation claim than injuries suffered in accidents. It does, however, place a burden on the claimant to demonstrate that their condition is the direct result of their workplace activities, which is not the case with Workers’ Compensation claims for injuries. This is why individuals who seek Workers’ Compensation claims for carpal tunnel syndrome and other injuries and diseases are advised to work with lawyers to pursue their claims. A lawyer can help a claimant obtain the evidence they need to support their claim and negotiate with doctors and the Workers’ Compensation provider to secure an appropriate compensation package for the worker.
Job Duties That Can Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive stress injury, which means it is caused by repetitive motions over a prolonged period of time. A few job duties that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome include:
Working at a computer
Operating a cash register
Working with handheld tools
Cutting, slicing, pushing, or packaging materials
Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur when an individual performs these duties without taking sufficient rest breaks. In some cases, it can occur after performing a repetitive task over a short period of time, but generally, carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of prolonged repetitive action.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
Numbness in the hand, wrist, or forearm
Tingling in the hand, wrist, or forearm
Carpal tunnel syndrome is typically treated with rest. In some cases, it requires icing or splinting the affected area. Treatment can also include steroids or diuretics. In rare cases, surgery is necessary to relieve carpal tunnel symptoms by making more space for the worker’s median nerve and tendons. This is known as a carpal tunnel release.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as an Occupational Disease
Many different hobbies and activities can cause an individual to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Because of this, workers who seek Workers’ Compensation for this condition bear the burden of proof for their cases when carpal tunnel syndrome is deemed to be an occupational disease. In other words, an individual must demonstrate that their carpal tunnel syndrome is because of their work duties, rather than a hobby or a side job, in order to receive Workers’ Compensation.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross Help Workers with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pursue their ClaimsIf you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome or any other repetitive stress injury because of the type of work you perform, you could be entitled to receive medical and wage replacement benefits through a Workers’ Compensation claim. To learn more, fill out our online form or call 215-512-1500 to schedule your initial consultation with an experienced Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross. We are located in Philadelphia and work with clients from the Greater Philadelphia area, including those from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.