Some jobs require workers to perform the same movements with their hands over and over again. These repetitive actions can cause a painful overuse injury called carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment typically involves resting the injured hand or wrist and sometimes even surgery, leaving you unable to work for a significant period of time. If you suffer from work-related carpal tunnel syndrome, you are entitled to medical care and replacement income.Jacoby and Meyers has helped countless clients in the New York City area obtain benefits related to repetitive injuries.
The Signs and Repercussions of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is probably the most common work-related injury. Although some consider it a congenital condition, the risk for developing it is enhanced by repetitive movements such as typing, scanning items at a cash register, jackhammering, and assembly line tasks. These actions cause compression of the wrist’s median nerve, which runs from the hand to the forearm. The symptoms are usually gradual, as with most repetitive stress injuries, and include:
- Difficulty making a fist or picking up small objects
Rest and immobilization of the hand and wrist is typically prescribed. Surgery may be necessary when the symptoms become chronic. The procedure involves removing tissue in the carpal tunnel to create more room for the compressed nerve and tendons. Recovery can take weeks. In spite of surgery, it is possible that you may never be able to return to the same line of work. Damages can be significant, including both incurred medical expenses and lost wages.
Experienced workers’ compensation Lawyers
You need a law firm with the capabilities and resources to fight for your rights to just compensation. Our lawyers have successfully helped repetitive stress injured employees obtain the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve. We understand the medical evidence carpal tunnel syndrome claims require and work with experts to prove your case.
If you or a loved one has suffered a work-related carpal tunnel injury, contact our attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.