Developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome May Entitle You to Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania
Accomplished Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Help Employees with Repetitive Stress Injuries
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is equated with typing and computer usage. It is true that people who work on computers are more likely to develop CTS; however, anyone whose job requires similar repetitive motions is at risk. Larry Pitt & Associates has helped to protect injured Philadelphia workers for the last 35 years. If you have developed carpal tunnel, our dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys want to help you, too.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “the carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway located on the palm side of your wrist. This tunnel protects a main nerve to your hand and the nine tendons that bend your fingers.” When that nerve in your wrist is pinched or compressed, you can start to lose feeling and strength in your hand. This is called carpal tunnel syndrome.
The compression of that nerve can be caused by any number of things. Repeated stress on the wrists and nerves is a common cause, which is why CTS is considered a repetitive stress injury. You can also develop the condition if you:
- Are exposed to vibrations from tools
- Break or fracture your wrists or thumb
- Fall against your wrists
- Must scan items repeatedly (like a grocery store or retail worker)
- Spend a lot of time typing
- Work on an assembly line
You may also develop a condition called cubital tunnel syndrome, which is similar to CTS in that you will experience numbness, tingling or pain in your hand. Cubital tunnel syndrome affects the nerve that runs behind your elbow, though, as opposed to the nerve that runs through your wrist. Your doctor will be able to diagnose which nerve is compressed or injured, so that your application for benefits is both accurate and complete.
What you should know before you claim benefits
There are outside factors which can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. One of those factors is inflammation. If you have a chronic inflammatory condition, you may develop CTS despite the nature of your job. This is why you need an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer on your side when you apply. If your case looks like your CTS was not the direct result of your work, then you could be denied benefits. At our law firm, we fight to ensure that does not happen. We work with your doctor and review your application for inconsistencies or errors. If you cannot work because of a chronic condition, we can help you apply for Social Security Disability as well. No matter what the outcome is, our team of attorneys is there to help protect your rights and your future.
Contact Our Philadelphia Work Injury Lawyers Today to Learn More About Your Right to Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Repetitive stress injuries like cubital or carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to a lifetime of pain, discomfort and decreased abilities. At Larry Pitt & Associates, we never stop fighting on behalf of injured workers in Pennsylvania. To speak with a skilled Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer about your needs, please call 888-748-8529 or fill out our contact form. We proudly represent clients throughout Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County.