Workers’ Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
When most people think about workers’ compensation, they think of accidents—sudden, unexpected events like falls, crashes, or explosions. However, injuries and chronic pain from repetitive motion can be very serious as well, and those who sustain these injuries at work deserve compensation.
If years of stress from typing in an office, jackhammering on construction sites, or any other repetitive motion have resulted in an injury, please visit a doctor to see if you have carpal tunnel syndrome. Let your boss know what you’re going through. Then, reach out to a workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your potential legal claim.
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Are you suffering from work-related carpal tunnel syndrome? You have just 120 days to file a claim for workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania. With Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo, your initial consultation is free, and you won’t pay legal fees unless we win. Email us or call 800-952-9640.
What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes numbness, tingling, and other symptoms in the hand and arm. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a compressed nerve in the carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist.” The pain and irritation associated with CTS are specifically due to pressure on the median nerve from the transverse carpal ligament.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome often include:
- Numbness and tingling in fingers and hands; sometimes there is an “electric shock” type of feeling in the fingers. CTS affects your thumb and first two or three fingers, but not your pinky finger.
- Wrist pain
- A “pins and needles” feeling that may travel into your arm or wake you up at night
- Grip weakness and lack of coordination
Jobs Frequently Associated With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Workers who are at increased risk for developing work-related carpal tunnel syndrome are usually those who must use strong hand or wrist actions at work, including frequent users of computers or keyboards, clerks at a checkout line, assembly line workers, or anyone else whose duties involve repetitive motion of the fingers or wrists. People who use vibrating tools, such as engravers or construction or factory workers, are also susceptible.
The following activities are all contributors to carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome, which are work-related injuries that can qualify for workers’ compensation:
- Scanning items at a cash register
- Assembly line work
- Using vibrating tools, such as engraving tools
- Falling against your wrists or arms in a work-related accident
- Arepetitive movement injury at work
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Is Not Limited To Office Workers
A misconception about carpal tunnel syndrome is that it is only thought of as a condition impacting office workers and computer users. However, carpal tunnel can also affect workers in industries such as:
- Assembly line work (using small tools)
- Manufacturing and factory workers(pressing, pulling machinery)
- Sewing (using needles, pulling cloth)
- Janitorial/cleaning(scrubbing, mopping)
- Meatpacking/meat processing(cutting, deboning)
Other examples of vulnerable populations are:
- Farmworkers (milking cows, hand-picking produce)
- Mechanics (using ratchets and screwdrivers)
- Construction workersand carpenters (using hand tools)
- Painters (using sprayers, holding brushes/scrapers)
- Musicians (using a bow, fingering of piano and other instruments)
- Cashiers/retail (using laser scanner at checkout)
- Locksmiths (turning keys)
Workers’ Compensation When The Damage Is Not Clearly Visible
When a factory worker’s arm is crushed by machinery, the injury is obvious, and everyone understands that he or she may be entitled to workers’ comp. But with repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, the damage is not clearly visible. That leads many insurance companies to claim that something outside of work caused the injury or that the injury is minor and does not warrant any compensation.
Handling these cases successfully requires attention to detail and deep experience in Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system. Our attorneys here at Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo understand what it takes to succeed. We’ve handled these cases for more than 80 years, winning awards and accolades from peers along the way. We’re highly rated on Google, where there are more than 150 reviews for you to read.
Your Case Evaluation Is Free
Talking to one of our workers’ comp lawyers about carpal tunnel syndrome is the best first step. Your initial conversation is free, and you’ll find it can go a long way toward determining whether you should pursue workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability benefits.