Carpal Tunnel Work Injury
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome affects 2.7% of the general population, according to Virtual Medical Center, meaning that more than eight million people are affected by it at any given time. It is a painful condition involving the compression of a nerve. The median nerve extends from near the shoulder down through the arm and through the carpal tunnel to the wrist. If the median nerve is compressed it can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. If you are experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome, you know just how excruciating the pain can be, and how debilitating the symptoms are.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Using your hands at work to do repetitive tasks is a well known cause of carpal tunnel syndrome, and those who perform manual labor are likely to develop it in their middle age to later years if they have been performing the same type of work for a long time. Common types of work that end up giving employees carpal tunnel syndrome include the following, according to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety:
- Repetitive task work environments;
- Materials handling at a warehouse or packing assembly at a manufacturing plant; and
- Construction sites and road construction using jack hammers and operating paving equipment.
Worker’s Apprehension Regarding Repetitive Task Injury
Many workers may dismiss carpal tunnel syndrome as a valid work injury because there are no external signs of damage. In fact, carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive work injury and is no different than other serious work injuries that diminish a worker’s ability to perform his or her job, such as the following:
- A broken hand due to blunt force working at a shipping port as a longshoreman;
- A back injury due to a fall at a construction site; or
- Injuries due to exposure to hazardous materials at oil refineries.
Employers have a duty to their employees when it comes to injuries. For example:
- Your employer cannot punish you or fire you for reporting an injury;
- You have a right to medical treatment of your choosing;
- Benefits such as workers’ compensation will cover your medical bills for evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment; and
- If your employer is a non-subscriber in Texas, meaning they do not have workers’ compensation, you can bring a claim against them for your injuries.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a Serious Injury that Requires Medical Attention. Call a Lawyer Today
Carpal tunnel syndrome may require surgery or other expensive medical treatments. At the very least, it may require time away from work to heal properly, and you should not be financially punished for taking necessary time off – time off that is only necessary because of the hard work that you have put in for your employer. For legal representation, call the Houston carpal tunnel syndrome employment attorneys with Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. We will help get you the compensation and medical help that you need to recover without eating into your own savings. Contact us 713-221-6800.