Unlike many other types of work injuries, a carpal tunnel injury does not result from a specific incident. It usually develops over time. Carpal tunnel is numbness, tingling, weakness, and possible other issues in the hand resulting from pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. The median nerve and several tendons run from the forearm to the hand through a small space in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. The median nerve controls movement and feeling in the thumb and the first three fingers.
Carpal tunnel is caused by pressure on the median nerve. The pressure comes from swelling or anything else that makes the tunnel smaller. The swelling can come from illnesses such as hypothyroidism, arthritis, and diabetes. The typical work place carpal tunnel injuries typically result from making repetitive hand movements. For example, repetitive work at a computer, repetitive grabbing or gripping, or working with vibrating tools. These, of course, are not the only ways that carpal tunnel can develop.
Even if you make repetitive hand and wrist motions at work, this does not mean that your workers’ compensation claim will be accepted. Sometimes the insurer will deny primary liability on a case for no legitimate reason. The attorneys at Arechigo & Stokka once had a case where the employee was a card dealer and makes repetitive hand motions all day long. After conducting an independent medical examination, the insurer denied the claim contending that the employee did not make repetitive hand motions. We were eventually successful in obtaining benefits, but a workers compensation case had to be started, and benefits were eventually obtained.
There are many different types of benefits that an employee is entitled to once liability in a case has been established. However, the insurance companies do not always inform an employee what those benefits are. Because of this, it may be necessary to hire an experience Minnesota workers’ compensation attorney to assist. The attorneys at Arechigo & Stokka, will provide a free consultation to any employee who believes that they may have a workers compensation injury. Call Arechigo & Stokka, PA at 651-222-6603 if you have a suffered a work injury to discuss your case.