Carpal tunnel syndrome has become more and more common among workers who perform their job duties over a keyboard and mouse, though the injury is also frequently seen in other occupations as well. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve and the tendons that flex your fingers. “Carpal tunnel" refers to an area in in your wrist through which the median nerve and tendons must travel through. Because the tunnel is so small, swelling can compress the nerve and tendons. This causes pain, weakness, and numbness in the hand and wrist. The injury is generally caused by overuse or repetitive movements of the hand and wrist.
Typing, using a register, pushing, slicing, or pressing objects repeatedly contributes to carpal tunnel injuries. If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation for your injury. This type of injury is covered under workers’ compensation benefits, meaning you can receive financial compensation for medical treatment or lost wages that were caused by your injury. However, before you can collect, you will need to file a workers’ compensation claim.
One issue that tends to come up during carpal tunnel claims is whether the injury was caused by a workplace or a non-work-related incident. Hobbies that you have outside of work can be used to shoot down your workers’ comp claim. For example, if you play basketball after work, it can be argued that the repetitive motions of the sport contributed to your carpal tunnel syndrome, not your work duties. This is why it is important to have strong legal representation by your side when you file your claim.
Do you think your carpal tunnel syndrome was caused by your work duties? Having difficulty getting your workers’ comp claim approved? Contact our Glendale team of workers’ compensation attorneys to get legal help today.