Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Workers’ Compensation in Georgia
Unfortunately, carpal tunnel syndrome impacts over eight million people each year. This disorder is associated with damage to the nerves in the wrist and commonly develops in office workers and other types of employees whose jobs require repetitive hand and arm motions. The carpal tunnel affected by the disorder is a small passageway in the wrist that is lined by several small bones. Within this area, a ligament called the transverse carpal ligament stretches over the bones in order to protect the median nerve. The median nerve is an important nerve in the body that extends down the thumb and across the fingers.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
When an individual's wrists, fingers, or hands are constantly used in a repetitive manner, such as any bending, striking, or twisting, the ligament can become strained and compress the median nerve. Compression of this nerve causes pain and discomfort in both the hands and fingers.
The most common symptoms associated with carpal tunnel are pain that can be acute or chronic, along with numbness, burning, tingling, or prickling sensations. Employees that experience carpal tunnel syndrome will often have trouble typing, holding tools, gripping, using a computer mouse, and performing repetitive tasks.
Occupations known to lead to carpal tunnel syndrome among many employees include, but are not limited to:
• Factory assembly line workers
• Computer or data entry workers
• Hotel housekeepers
• Professional drivers, including bus and truck drivers
Obtaining Workers' Compensation Benefits for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is generally compensable under the workers' compensation system. This workplace injury impacts millions of employees across the United States. Workers impacted by carpal tunnel syndrome should file a workers' compensation claim in Georgia or elsewhere across the country. Suffering workers should receive workers' compensation benefits, which might include reimbursement for medical expenses, out of pocket expenses, physical therapy, prescription drug costs, mileage expenses, and two thirds of their lost wages.
Carpal tunnel is unlike many workplace injuries in that it occurs over time, often progressing slowly over a period of months or years of performing a repetitive work task. Symptoms can develop gradually and it could be some time before the disorder is recognized and diagnosed. If you believe you have begun experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, you should notify your employer as soon as possible and seek medical attention early on. Taking prompt action will not only assist you medically but will protect your future workers' compensation claim.
Once your workplace injury has been reported, you will be provided with a list of approved physicians who can evaluate and diagnose your condition. If you experience difficulties obtaining benefits for your work related carpal tunnel syndrome, consult with a workers' compensation attorney right away.
Montlick & Associates, P.C.: Assisting Employees with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other Repetitive Motion Injuries in Receiving Workers' Compensation Benefits
Carpal tunnel syndrome and like repetitive motion injuries can greatly impact an injured employee's ability to perform essential work tasks. This condition develops gradually over a period of time, making it often difficult to obtain workers' compensation benefits. If you are an employee who has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel or a similar injury, the Workers' Compensation Attorneys at Montlick and Associates are here to help. For over thirty years, our firm has represented injured employees across Georgia and in the Southeast.
Our attorney team will fight for your full receipt of workers' compensation benefits. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.