Exposure to constant strain on your wrists may result in the development of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a repetitive stress injury with associated symptoms of numbness, tingling and pain in your wrists, reduced muscle control, decrease in grip strength, and a reduction in the ability to use your hands normally. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that over 8 million Americans are diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and that it accounts for about 50% of work-related injuries.
If you suffer from carpal tunnel as a result of working, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits include:
- Lost Wage Benefits If your doctor recommends that you take time off of work as a result of your carpal tunnel injury, you may be entitled to lost wage benefits. These benefits are paid to you for the duration of your time off work and under the doctor’s care.
- Medical Expenses You may be entitled to all necessary medical expenses for treating your work injuries, including emergency room fees, doctor’s fees, prescriptions, and hospital fees.
- Lost Wage Differential and Retraining If your injuries limit your ability to maintain your job and you must accept a lower paying job, you may be entitled to a wage differential. This means that you can claim part of the difference between your current wages and your previous higher wages as a benefit. In addition, if your doctor has determined that you are not able to return to the previous type of work you were doing before the development of carpal tunnel, your employer may be held liable. They may be liable for paying for re-training.
- Lump Sum Settlement Once you have completed treatment for your injuries, you may be able to claim a lump sum settlement based on the permanency of your injuries. This claim can also be referred to as an award of arbitrators.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
The Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has a long track record of successful verdicts and settlements with workers’ compensation cases such as carpal tunnel. We offer free no-obligation consultations through our nationwide network of attorneys, and we fight to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. If you have recently developed carpal tunnel at work, contact us now for a free consultation.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke – Carpal Tunnel
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is an organization that does research to reduce the burden of neurological disease on people all over the world. Visit their site to learn more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Mayo Clinic Carpal Tunnel
The Mayo Clinic is a non-profit organization and an internationally renowned group of medical practice. Visit their site to learn more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.