Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
A New York Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Lawyer Is Well-Equipped to Pursue Compensation
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful hand and arm condition caused by a pinched nerve on the underside of the wrist. Though it is a common health problem for computer data entry workers, administrative assistants and anyone who types on a keyboard at work, it can afflict anyone whose work involves continuously repeated hand and wrist motions. Garment factory assembly line workers, welders, carpenters, hospital workers and inventory stocking employees can all develop CTS.
But simply filing a workers compensation claim doesn't always lead to restitution and the time off from work that is often needed to heal. It takes having a tough New York carpal tunnel syndrome attorney by your side to ensure that you get every penny you have coming to you. You deserve proper treatment, whether it's carpal tunnel surgery, physical therapy, wrist braces and/or vocational rehabilitation.
Workplace Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Can Mean Lost Wages-Call Us Today So We Can Help
According to the Mayo Clinic, the carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway on the palm side of the wrist, which protects a main nerve to the hand and nine tendons that bend the fingers. Compression of this nerve causes the numbness, pain, swelling and hand weakness that characterize carpal tunnel syndrome. One of many repetitive stress injuries that can affect the wrist, carpel tunnel can impact your entire life, making it excruciating to do the simplest daily activities, at work and at home. Lifting a heavy box, twisting a screwdriver, pushing a wheelchair, even folding a shirt can become too painful to tolerate.
You deserve workers’ compensation benefits for carpal tunnel syndrome
The claims process begins when you report your injury to your employer. You can then file a claim for benefits using Form C-3. Be sure to get medical attention as soon as possible. Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome may involving the use of a splint, physical therapy, medication, occupational changes, and rest. Surgery may be needed in certain cases.
Worker’s compensation benefits should cover the cost of all medical expenses and partial lost wages if you missed time from work. However, a claim for benefits may be denied. An employer or insurance company may say:
- Your injury was not work-related – One of the primary challenges in carpal tunnel injury claims is establishing the connection between your injury and your work. Employers and insurance companies may argue that the injury is not directly linked to work activities.
- Your injury was pre-existing – Insurance companies may argue that your carpal tunnel syndrome is a pre-existing condition.
- There is not enough medical documentation – Proper medical documentation is essential for a successful carpal tunnel injury claim. But putting together comprehensive medical records that clearly establish the diagnosis, causation, and functional limitations can be challenging.
You need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to fight for you
Our firm understands the challenges of filing a workers’ compensation claim related to carpal tunnel syndrome. Our experienced attorneys know how to build strong cases that get results. We can:
- ensure all necessary paperwork is filed within the required timeframe
- gather medical evidence, consult with experts, and present a compelling case that links your injury to your job
- negotiate with the insurance company on a settlement
- help you file an appeal and represent you at all hearing and court appearances.
We understand workers’ compensation law and how the system works. Our attorneys know how to get results and have the track record to prove it.
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Don't suffer the constant pain and limitations of carpal tunnel syndrome alone. Call the aggressive New York workers comp lawyers at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP. We can be reached toll-free at (800) 692-3717 or contact us online for a free evaluation. Serving workers in all five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester and Rockland counties, and statewide.