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Is Carpal Tunnel An Injury Or A Symptom? Everything You Need To Know Before Filing A Case.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome | DYS LAW Firm Practice Area

Long hours of works and stress almost always lead to some sort of problem. The problem is physical or mental and the thousands of workers compensation claims filed every year can back this up. Continuous muscle fatigue experienced at labor intensive work can have very permanent effects of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), carpal tunnel surgery is the second most common type of surgery for workers, accounting for over 200,000 operations per year Factors that may contribute to CTS include mechanical problems in the wrist joint, repeated use of vibrating hand instruments, fluid retention during pregnancy or menopause, or the development of a cyst or tumor in the canal.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include weakness in the arm, numbness or tingling in the thumb, next two fingers, and palms, difficulty moving the fingers, difficulty grasping or carrying objects, and pain in the arm, wrist, and hand. Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome includes using a hand brace to prevent twisting and bending of the wrist, medication to reduce inflammation (ibuprofen or naproxen) and reduce swelling (corticosteroids), and in severe cases, surgery to relieve the pinched nerve.

Workers who suffer injuries with Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) as a result of work activities can claim it as workplace injury.

This is the only situation where this syndrome is considered an injury. Hence, it is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation coverage covers any injury or illness that occurs in the workplace or as a result of work-related tasks. Compensation of workers covers both physical and mental conditions, as well as injuries that occur locally as a result of an accident, and conditions that develop over time. Please note that the goal of the California Workers’ Compensation Policy is to give workers the benefits they deserve, such as medical bills and a portion of their wages, in the unfortunate event that a work injury interferes with their ability to work.  

However, workers may run into problems when trying to claim compensation for a work injury due to a carpal tunnel. Given the wide range of environmental and biological factors that can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, it can be difficult for workers to prove that it is related to their job. That is why to get California Workers Benefit, you need to establish that your condition worsened or worsened because of your job duties. However, because many different factors can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, the burden of proof places a heavy burden on employees to prove that their injury is the result of their working conditions.

How to file a CTS Claim?

  • Step 1: The first step in filing a worker’s compensation claim is to notify your employer of your injury

  • Step 2: After you report your injury, your employer or employee representative will provide you with forms and instructions to file a claim.

  • Step 3: Seek advice of an experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney

The California Workers Compensation System follows the guidelines from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for the treatment of disorders of the hand, wrist, and forearm. If your occupation requires repetitive movements or activity and you have symptoms of CTS, you may have reason to file a worker’s compensation claim.

If you are diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome due to a stressful job, contact our experienced carpal tunnel lawyers to determine the validity of your claim and the various strategies we could take to maximize your compensation at DYS Law Offices can apply our years of litigation experience to obtain the maximum compensation for injury-related expenses. Our company helps workers get their rightful compensation for work-related injuries in California.

To schedule a free case evaluation, call the DYS Law Group at 213-855-4749. We will meet with you at a time that is convenient for you to discuss your case’s legal options.

You can also reach us at – GSantiago@DYSLawgroup.com

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