Each year, more than eight million people are diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. The frequency in which workers are diagnosed with this debilitating condition is a big reason why carpal tunnel is described as the “chief occupational hazard” by the U.S. Department of Labor.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive stress injury related to the compression of nerves and tendons in the “carpal tunnel” of your wrist. These nerves and tendons can begin to swell around the carpal tunnel resulting in significant pain, numbness and other harms while attempting to use your fingers and wrist.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is incredibly painful and may require surgery to treat.
Overview of Common Symptoms Related to Carpal Tunnel
Symptoms related to carpal tunnel include the following:
- Fingers suddenly becoming stiff
- Constant pain in your wrist and/or fingers
- Feeling of “pins-and-needles” in your hands
- Chronic pain in your forearm
Workers at Risk of Developing Carpal Tunnel
If you work in a job or profession that require an extensive amount of typing and writing, you are at higher risk of developing carpal tunnel when compared to other types of work. This is because typing and writing often involves extensive, repeated use of the nerves and tendons within the carpal tunnel of your wrists.
Does a Carpal Tunnel Diagnosis Mean You Can Get Workers’ Comp?
Generally, carpal tunnel syndrome is a covered injured that could make you eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Massachusetts. However, it is important to understand that you, the injured worker, bear the burden of proving your carpal tunnel was caused by work-related activities. This can prove more challenging than you might expect. Why? Because carpal tunnel is a type of injury that is not immediately associated with a specific event or incident. For example, it is much easier for a worker who slipped and fell while at work to establish that their injury occurred at work. In contrast, carpal tunnel syndrome is more difficult to prove. For example, what if the employee seeking workers’ comp has been working at two jobs? Which job would be the cause of the carpal tunnel? Could it be both? These questions highlight the importance of sitting down with an experienced and knowledgeable Worcester workers comp’ attorney to discuss your legal options.
Suffering from Carpal Tunnel? Contact an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Worcester Today to Schedule a Free Case Review
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and believe your work duties caused the repetitive stress injury, you may be eligible to pursue workers’ comp benefits. Though, it is important to know that errors on a workers’ comp application and/or missing information may result in a significant delay in getting these much-needed financial benefits. The law firm of Eden Rafferty is here to help. Our team of skilled and respected attorneys understand the complex rules and regulations governing the workers’ compensation system in Massachusetts. We also take the time to understand and prioritize your specific goals, financial interests, and personal satisfaction. Contact our office today to schedule a free, confidential case review.