You work in a relatively low-risk environment, so you never thought you’d be filing for workers' compensation. But it’s not heavy machinery or falling cargo that caused your injury – it’s performing the same work day in and day out until your body just can’t do it anymore.
Many workers suffer this kind of cumulative trauma, also called a repetitive stress injury. The most common RSI is carpal tunnel syndrome—a severe pain or numbness in the arm due to repeated fine movements of the hand and wrist.
Know the Early Signs of a Carpal Tunnel Work Injury
- Persistent pain in the hand, wrist, forearm or shoulder
- Tingling or numbness in the hand and arm
- Inability to grip an object or bend your wrist without pain
- Dull pain along the forearm between your elbow and wrist
- Stiffness in the hand and fingers in the morning
- Lost finger strength and an inability to pinch objects
Getting payment for your carpal tunnel work injury in California is tricky. Employers will often deny benefits for corrective surgery or special assistance devices that can ease a worker’s pain. Many workers who type for long hours or use fine finger skills are discouraged from filing claims on the basis that the injury is “part of their job.” Without treatment, these injuries will often worsen, leading to the inability to hold objects or use the thumb on the affected hand.
The good news is that it will cost you nothing to get a legal opinion on your case. Click the link on this page to read through our FREE guide, The Northern California Workers’ Compensation Survival Manual, or call the Ledgerwood Law today at 888-761-7383 for a free consultation.
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