Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: WHAT WORKERS COMPENSATION COVERS
Did you develop carpal tunnel syndrome in the course of doing your job? Our experienced workers compensation lawyer can help you get the benefits you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation now.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is one of the most common types of work-related health issue. In fact, the US Department of Labor refers to it as a primary occupational hazard in the country.
How To Know If You Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The area from your arm to the palm of your hand is composed of a bundle of nerves. One of these, the median nerve, is housed in a narrow passageway of bones and ligaments called the carpal tunnel. This nerve gives feeling to most of your fingers. When the carpal tunnel swells, the median nerve inside it gets pressed, twisted or squeezed. When this happens, you will experience the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
One of the first signs that you may have developed a carpal tunnel syndrome is when you feel the following:
- burning sensation in the palm of your hand
- itchy, tingling numbness in your fingers and thumb
- swollen feeling in the palm even though no actual swelling has occurred
- at night, your fingers lose the ability to feel
- in the morning, the numbness travels from your hand all the way up to your shoulders
- difficulty to form a fist and grasp small objects
Most people don’t recognize these symptoms until its too late. As a result, the symptoms worsen. In some cases, they lose the ability to distinguish between hot and cold or move their wrists altogether.
If your condition is caused by the nature of your work, it’s important to inform your employer about it first. Be as detailed as possible. More importantly, don’t go to your personal doctor. Florida law requires treating doctors to be accredited by the insurance company. Your employer and the insurance company could use it to invalidate your workers compensation claim.
If you’re reading this too late and the scenario above already happened to you, contact our office immediately. Our preeminent lawyer has decades of experience fighting for denied workers compensation claims. Having an expert in workers compensation like him by your side will greatly increase your chances of getting the benefits you rightfully deserve.
Workers Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is not confined to a certain type of work or industry. But it’s more common in people who are doing routine jobs like those working in an assembly line. Data entry workers suffer from it too.
In Florida, the workers compensation statutes provide that disablement or death caused by occupational illnesses shall be treated as that of an injury caused by accident. In other words, the compensation benefits you can claim for carpal tunnel syndrome still depends on how it affects your ability to work.
Depending on how severe it is, you can claim for temporary partial or total disability and permanent partial or total disability. An expert workers compensation lawyer in Florida like Victor Malca can guide you on which benefit you should apply for.
How We Can Help
We are one of the leading workers compensation law firms in Florida. In our preeminent attorney Victor Malca‘s 23 years of experience, he has helped thousands of injured Florida workers win their workers compensation claims. Those he’s helped can attest that he personally goes out of his way to know the ins and outs of his client’s condition.
We will use this same expertise in representing your case too. We know hard it is to deal with a work-related health issue. We are here to help. Call us now for a free consultation.