Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Compensation
If you work at a job that requires repetitive movements from your hands and wrists, you could be at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Here is some helpful information regarding carpal tunnel syndrome compensation.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Compensation | Common Causes
The following work activities can cause carpal tunnel to develop:
- You work with rope, cloth, tape, or other material that you wrap or bind with
- You spend most of your day typing, filing away physical documents, stocking shelves, or you make some sort of other repetitive motion every day
- The work that you do affects wrist or hand posture (or both) in a way that causes stress on the joints
- You use your hands in the same way for most or all of your work day
- What you do requires you to rely on constrained movements such as a pinching motion or very small movements of the hands and wrists for accuracy
- You fell on the job and fractured your wrist
- Your job requires you to grip items for long periods of time
- You use vibrating or oscillating tools
- You extend and flex your hands and wrists for the majority of the day
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Compensation | Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Laws
If you notice any of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, it’s important that you file a claim with workers’ compensation to begin the process of getting medical care for your injuries. You can get the medical care that you need so that you can minimize future complications of the condition. The only qualifying factor is that the development of this condition must be caused by your work.
Depending on the amount of time that you miss from work because of the disorder, you may be eligible to receive weekly payments to compensate you for the time you miss from work. If you’re found to be totally or partially disabled, you may also be entitled to a one-time payment on top of the weekly payment.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Compensation | Treatment
There are several treatments available for carpal tunnel syndrome. The severity of the condition will determine how treatment will proceed. Treatment can be conservative and include simply splints or physically therapy. It can also include steroid injections or prescriptions, use of medication to receive symptoms, and surgery. The amount of time it may take for the worker to experience relief or full recovery depends on the type of treatment as well as the initial severity of the condition.
If you are seeking compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome or some other work-related injury, please contact our experienced Lowell workers’ compensation lawyer to schedule a free consultation.