Maine Workers' Compensation Law:    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Repetitive motions of the hand, wrist, or arm can all cause injuries known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Epicondylitis.

All too often workers who use their hands and arms repeatedly during the course of their workdays suffer stress injury to their elbows, wrists or hands. If the injury involves inflammation and “pinching” of the nerves that run from the forearm to the palm of the hand, the injury may be carpal tunnel syndrome. If the injury involves damage to the nerves that run through the elbow, the diagnosis may be epicondylitis.

Filing a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome claim

Carpal tunnel syndrome and epicondylitis are recognized as common work-related injuries, which should entitle you to Workers’ Compensation benefits.

If you are injured at work you must inform your employer within 30 days of the date of your injury. Report ALL injuries, not just those that your employer thinks are serious.

Your employer will then report the injury to their insurance company. The insurance company will decide whether to pay you, on a voluntary basis, a portion of your lost wages and medical expenses related to your work injury.

Concerns with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Injuries

Employers and insurance companies usually fight carpal tunnel syndrome (and related) claims, arguing that an activity outside the workplace caused this injury. For example, we have represented injured workers who were initially denied benefits because of hobbies such as crocheting, occasionally playing video games or even simply fishing. Sometimes the insurance company will deny benefits due to the presence of an unrelated medical condition like diabetes.

Insurers and employers do not want to pay you Workers’ Compensation benefits and will search for any excuse to deny you benefits. This is particularly true with injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and epicondylitis that are typically caused by daily, repetitive work. Often a worker with these injuries needs a lawyer in order to gain wage and medical benefits.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Representation

The effects of carpal tunnel syndrome and/or epicondylitis can be devastating, leaving the person with little or no ability to work and suffering ongoing pain. The injured worker should seek treatment with a doctor that specializes in these particular types of injuries.

The lawyers at Irwin & Morris have successfully represented hundreds of clients with these serious kinds of injuries. Usually, but not always, the clients are from a variety of hand or lower-arm intensive occupations, such as computer data entry workers, welders and pipefitters, mechanics, phone or internet sales workers, clerical/office workers, assembly-line workers, painters, janitors, health care workers such as nurses, and nurses' aides or personal care attendants, carpenters, factory workers, or plumbers and oil burner technicians.

Our lawyers have successfully handled a wide variety of cases involving hand, wrist and arm injuries. We are very experienced in guiding a client who has suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome or epicondylitis. Give us a call or send us a message using the contact form on this page, and we will answer any question or concerns you may have – free of charge.

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