If you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive stress injury (also known as a repetitive motion injury or continuous trauma work injury) because of your job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Causes of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries can develop when workers:
- perform the same movements repeatedly
- are exposed to constant vibration
- work in cold temperatures
- work in awkward or fixed postures
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most commonly developed repetitive stress injury. The symptoms of carpal tunnel injuries include:
- tingling or “pins and needles” in the hands and fingers
- numbness or burning in the arms and shoulders
- difficulty in grasping objects
- permanent loss of feeling
Things You Should Know
- Repetitive motion injuries can develop slowly and may not be diagnosed until you no longer work at the job that caused the injury. We have handled carpal tunnel and other repetitive motion injuries for years. If you have one of these injuries, call us now. There is a good chance we can prove your injury was work-related.
- The law says you cannot be fired for filing a carpal tunnel case. Many people are afraid to file a worker’s compensation case because of the fear of being fired. We believe that retaining a lawyer is the single most effective thing that can be done to prevent a “bad” employer from firing an injured worker who is just exercising his or her legal rights.
- The insurance company is not your friend. The insurance company has only one goal — to close your case by paying you as little as possible, or nothing at all.
- The insurance company already has an experienced lawyer. You should, too. Insurance company lawyers have years of knowledge and experience, investigators, and almost limitless resources. Who is looking out for you?
- You don’t have forever to take care of your repetitive stress injury or carpal tunnel case. Time limits, called statutes of limitations, only give you a certain amount of time to pursue your case. If you wait too long, your case is over, forever.
What Can a Personal Injury Law Firm Do for Me?
It is always important to consult with an attorney regarding on-the-job injuries, including repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. Brown & Crouppen will investigate the facts and determine whether you or your loved one has a right to compensation. We will also investigate whether additional benefits such as Social Security disability, Medicare, or private disability insurance payments are available.
We will explain the laws to you, based on the state you live in, and let you know all of your options to recover the benefits you deserve.
You should contact an attorney if:
- an employer denies that you were injured while on the job
- you have been refused medical treatment
- you have received a Notice of Denial from the insurance company
- compensation was promised but has not materialized
- an employer or insurance company has requested your deposition
Since repetitive motion injuries do not occur as the result of an obvious accident, they are difficult to prove. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can demonstrate that your injury was work-related, that medical treatment is appropriate and necessary, and whether the injury will impact your future earnings.
It All Starts With a Free Case Evaluation From the Personal Injury Attorneys at Brown & Crouppen
Getting started is easy. You can call us at 800-536-4357 for a free consultation, or tell us about your case with our Free Case Review form. And remember, there’s no upfront cost to you — if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.