What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common repetitive stress injury (RSI) that is becoming increasingly common, particularly in administrative roles where prolonged use of devices like a keyboard or mouse are frequent. There are, however, many other types of repetitive jobs that can (and do) lead to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Common examples of repetitive workplace tasks include:
- Typing on a standard keyboard
- Using cash registers and POS stations
- Constant pushing, pressing or slicing of objects without regular or sufficient breaks
- Any kind of physical labor that puts pressure on the affected joints for prolonged periods
If you believe you have developed carpal tunnel or any other RSI due to your required work activities, you may want to hire a trusted and qualified Palm Beach County workers’ compensation lawyer to help you fight for compensation.
Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim
Before anything else, it is important to seek immediate medical attention, regardless of the extent of the injury. Doing so may help build a stronger case should complications arise. Once you have seen to your medical needs, you must then inform your employer that the injury occurred. This should be done as soon as possible after the accident.
The typical scenario involves your employer issuing you claim forms that, when completed, are then filed by the employer with the appropriate insurance carrier. If neither your employer nor the insurance company disputes your claim, the claim will be approved and an insurance company adjuster will contact you. At that time, you should receive instructions regarding how to submit your medical bills to be paid.
Workers’ Comp and Carpal Tunnel
What happens then when things do not go smoothly? This is where keeping good documentation on the injury and related treatments is vital, as is having competent, qualified representation in the dispute.
One of the most common debates in carpal tunnel cases is whether the injury was caused by work-related activities or other non-vocational factors. As the injured person, you are left with the responsibility of proving that your injury was work-related.
Another common problem is determining when the injury began. Unlike other types of workplace accidents, repetitive stress injuries can take weeks, months, or even years to develop. In these cases, it is even more important to keep track of medical records and doctor visits.
Our qualified, experienced attorneys are here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. If you believe you have developed carpal tunnel at work, you might have a viable workers’ compensation claim.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt for their insight into workers’compensation cases.