Those who suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) complain of numbness, tingling and pain in the hand, wrist and forearm, especially at night. A person with CTS may also experience clumsiness in handling objects, usually caused by decreased grip strength.
What Are the Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
CTS occurs when a person’s hand or wrist is subjected to repetitive stress on a regular basis. While the risk of developing CTS is not isolated to specific industries, CTS is most prevalent in employees who perform assembly line work, such as:
- Food packing
Can I Collect Worker’s Compensation for Work-Related CTS?
Most likely, yes. The United States Department of Labor has recognized CTS as the "chief occupational hazard of the ’90’s – disabling workers in epidemic proportions." However, as with any other work-related injury, you must:
- Promptly report your injury to your employer. Some states require notice within 2-30 days following the injury. If an injury or illness results over time you must report it as soon as you realize it was caused by your work.
- Get medical treatment and follow the doctor’s instructions.
- File your claim with your employer’s insurance carrier. Your employer must provide insurance claim forms.
- Save all copies of paperwork throughout the whole process.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Receive Compensation for CTS?
If you have work-related CTS, first file the proper workers’ compensation insurance forms required by your employer. If further disputes arise, consult an experienced employment attorney familiar. Speaking with an employment lawyer will inform you of your legal rights and preserve any possible remedies you may have.