One of the most commonly discussed injuries in America is also one of the least understood – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome affects so many workers in the US, yet it is easily preventable. If you need a carpal tunnel syndrome lawyer, we are ready to get to work. At JML Law, our qualified and experienced team will investigate the causes of your CTS injuries so we can secure the compensation you need today.
Understanding carpal tunnel syndrome
Understanding carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) means understanding that not all workplace injuries happen due to a single traumatic incident. CTS is considered a repetitive stress injury (also often called a cumulative trauma injury). This means that the damage is done over time due to repetitive motions. In many cases, it takes years for repetitive stress injuries like CTS to develop.
The carpal tunnel is actually part of the lower side of your wrist. The tunnel houses your median nerve and the tendons used to move your wrists and hands. When this area is compressed, often through work duties, CTS can develop.
How does carpal tunnel syndrome affect a worker?
CTS may not affect a person’s work abilities much at first. The symptoms might manifest as numbness or slight weakness. Over time, this CTS can lead to pain, severe weakness, tingling sensations, and an inability to properly use the hands.
Carpal tunnel syndrome not only affects a person’s ability to do their job. It will also affect their ability to do everyday tasks like hold a grocery bag, play recreational sports, or hold their children.
Who is most affected by carpal tunnel syndrome?
Some industries have workers with more risk of developing CTS. These industries include:
- Data entry personnel
- Textile and fabric workers
- Apparel manufacturers
- Mechanics and repair workers
- Construction workers
Around one in every 20 adults in the US has carpal tunnel syndrome. These injuries can be harder to pinpoint in the workplace, which can lead to higher workers’ compensation claim denials or delays.
Treating CTS can become costly. While mild cases may be treated with physical therapy and adjustments in the workplace, many people require surgery – this can cost as much as $5,000 per hand.
How will I get the compensation I deserve?
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and you think it was caused by your job, you should be able to get compensation. However, we know that is not always the case with repetitive stress injuries. At JML Law, we want to ensure you get the compensation you deserve for all CTS-related expenses. This can include:
- Your medical expenses related to carpal tunnel syndrome
- The cost of surgery if that is necessary
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Coverage of physical therapy if needed
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
If you need a Garden Grove carpal tunnel syndrome attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800 for a free consultation today.
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