Compensation For Carpal Tunnel From Work
Carpal tunnel syndrome is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Because not everyone understands the syndrome or how it takes place, it’s not uncommon to run into problems if you attempt to file for workers’ compensation after developing carpal tunnel at work. It’s important to be persistent and keep good records of your medical treatment, since it’s well within your rights to have your treatment covered by compensation should you develop carpal tunnel due to your job.
Workers Compensation and Carpal Tunnel
Carpal tunnel syndrome is developed due to repetitive motions that stress nerves in the hand and wrist, resulting in pain, limited motion, numbness, and sometimes serious injuries to the nerve that may require surgery.
- Repetitive motions that cause the syndrome include typing, sewing, assembly work, and almost anything else that requires long hours of the hands doing something in a small range with a small variation of motion.
- Sometimes the early stages of carpal tunnel syndrome require nothing more than a rest of a few weeks, and perhaps a splint to let the wrist nerves heal, but as the syndrome grows more severe, workers’ compensation is not out of the question for the cost of treatment and work time lost.
Many insurance companies will balk at compensating you, since it’s sometimes difficult to prove what caused carpal tunnel syndrome and when the problem began. They will attempt, for example, to show that there may be other things you do in your daily life that could have caused or significantly contributed to the syndrome, thus limiting your employer’s liability. They may also require you to visit multiple doctors in order to prove the syndrome even exists and that you’re not faking your symptoms. The syndrome does not show itself in any outward ways, and symptoms vary so much from person to person, that insurers have unfortunately learned over time to question most claims of carpal tunnel, so you should expect to experience this and shouldn’t take it personally.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, due to its very nature, is sometimes difficult to validate and thus causes many problems when it comes to seeking compensation. For this reason, it’s very important to keep close track of medical records, and also helpful to track what you do each day should you begin to notice problems in your wrists. Your documentation will help eliminate other possible causes for the syndrome. Be patient, and persistent, and keep good records, and eventually you should be able to get both medical assistance and compensation for your pain, money, and time lost.
If you are trying to get workers compensation for carpal tunnel or another repetitive stress injury, it is a good idea to speak with a qualified attorney. Your lawyer can assist you in taking any and all steps necessary to get the compensation you deserve for your work related injury.