Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) affects over eight million people each year. CTS is a painful condition in which there is significant nerve damage along the carpal bones down to the wrist. When the main nerve that controls the movement of your hand is pressed or squeezed, it prompts significant irritation.
Engaging in repetitive hand movements can bring on numbness, tingling, and burning sensations over a long period. Whether you’re an avid writer and spend the day typing away on a computer, or you work on an assembly line for extended periods throughout the day, there’s a chance you have CTS. Though, symptoms can vary depending on the person. A few to look out for include:
- Loss of dexterity in the fingers
- Pain shooting up and down the arm and shoulder
- Inability to grip or hold items
- Sudden weakness of the hands and wrists
Most people often turn to a personal injury attorney to ask if it’s worth filing workers’ compensation – especially if the injury has progressed for some time. Sometimes sharp pains and dull aches go unnoticed until they are diagnosed by a medical professional. Outside of work, CTS can also be caused by something as minor as a slip and fall injury or monumental as a car crash. Both require medical treatment – and in most cases, you might not have to foot the bill.
To determine the proper legal approach, consult with a work injury attorney from Grey Law. If your job requires you to engage in repetitive motions or activities, you might be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. It’s even possible if you’ve developed symptoms after leaving that particular role. Keep in mind that symptoms are not always apparent.
In California, CTS is recognized and compensable under state laws. So, you shouldn’t have many issues attaining the compensation needed while your injury is on the mend. For more information, you can give our law offices a call!