What Are The Symptoms?
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed in your carpal tunnel, which is a passageway on your underneath your palm. Symptoms usually begin gradually and get progressively worse if left untreated. This condition affects your thumb, fingers, wrist, and the palm of your hand.
If you’ve noticed any of the following symptoms, you may wish to consider a workers’ compensation claim for carpal tunnel syndrome:
- Burning sensations
It’s best to begin seek medical attention as soon as you begin to notice one or more of these persistent symptoms. If you decide to file for workers’ comp, it’s also best to do so as soon as possible.
Who Is At The Greatest Risk?
Carpal tunnel syndrome can happen in a variety of work environments, but job duties which require repetitive motions with the hands are at a higher risk. Exposure to vibrations through the use of hand-held power tools and the extension of the wrists with a strong grip can also cause carpal tunnel.
Workers in the following occupations are at a greater risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome:
- Office workers who use computers
- Food service
- Electrical work
- Professional drivers
Regardless of your occupation, if you’ve noticed persistent pain, weakness, or numbness in your wrist, hand, or fingers, you should consider meeting with a doctor who can determine if you may have work-related carpal tunnel syndrome.
How Can A Lawyer Help Me?
The process of apply for workers’ compensation is more difficult than many people realize. While this form of insurance is supposed to protect workers who become injured during the course of their work, insurance companies make the process much more complicated than it needs to be. These companies benefit financially from limiting the number of claims they accept. It’s common for them to deny claims for small inaccuracies, and their representatives will often claim that your injury is related to normal wear and tear or aging.
Most injured workers aren’t prepared to deal with these companies on their own. Additionally, gathering the appropriate evidence and documents for a successful claim is often difficult. This is where the guidance of an experienced work injury lawyer comes in handy. Having a lawyer by your side greatly increases your odds of winning your initial claim or filing a successful appeal for a claim that’s been denied.
At Banville Law, we offer free initial consultations and only require payment if we help you win. This way, you can focus on getting the financial assistance you need without worrying about legal fees.