When thinking of injuries that generate workers’ compensation claims, typically people mention accidents involving machinery, falls from height and other single catastrophic events. But there are serious workplace injuries that occur in far less dramatic circumstances.
One such injury is carpal tunnel syndrome, affecting as many as 6% of adults. As both repetitive motion and trauma can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, it is more complicated to assign a specific cause of the condition.
Can you have a workers’ comp claim for carpal tunnel?
If a work injury or repetitive motions done as part of your job lead to a diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome, you might indeed be able to successfully pursue a workers’ compensation claim. This can be very helpful, as your workplace injuries may make it impossible to continue performing your job duties. Workers’ compensation claims cover your loss of income as well as other damages.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Because there are so many potential causes of carpal tunnel syndrome, pinpointing which factors led to your diagnosis can be tricky. Below are but a few of the myriad causes of this painful condition:
- Some medical conditions, e.g., rheumatoid arthritis
- Repetitive motions (typing, data entry, scanning groceries, pumping a blood pressure cuff)
- Wrist fractures
Tying carpal tunnel to your work conditions if the syndrome worsened over time is the challenge you face. You can be sure that your company’s retinue of corporate counsel is working long hours to find loopholes that allow them to deny your claim.
That’s why you should equal the scales of justice by learning all you can about carpal tunnel and workers’ compensation.