Philadelphia + Delaware County Repetitive Stress & Carpal Tunnel Injury Lawyer
Perhaps the most widely known repetitive stress injury is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Many people think of CTS as an affliction that only affects employees who work long hours typing on a keyboard. This is not the case; in fact, CTS appears to be most common among assembly line workers. For example, people who work in manufacturing, sewing, cleaning, meat-packing and finishing may be at a higher risk of developing this painful disorder. Assemblers are three times more likely to suffer from CTS than people who work in data entry.
Work-Related Repetitive Stress Injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the nerve that runs through the forearm into the hand is pressed or squeezed at the wrist. This medical condition is considered to be progressive and may cause sharp pain through the wrist, all the way up the arm.
The symptoms of CTS are often minor in the beginning. You may only feel a slight tingling, burning or numbness in your hand. The initial warning signs of this condition usually occur at night, because many people sleep with their wrists flexed. As CTS progresses, you may notice that your fingers feel swollen, even when there is no apparent swelling. You may also experience difficulty trying to make a fist or pick up small objects, or a weakened grip. In extreme cases of CTS, people have been known to lose the ability to tell the difference between hot and cold because the muscles waste away.
When CTS, or any other workplace injury caused by repetitive stress movements, is left untreated, it can lead to permanent damage. If you are experiencing any of the warning signs of a repetitive motion or overuse condition, you need to talk to your doctor. There are different treatment options available for CTS, including medication, physical therapy, adaptive equipment such as a splint, and sometimes surgery. Your doctor will be able to recommend your best course of treatment.
Our Philadelphia and Delaware County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Have the Experience to Handle Your Case
If your job duties caused you to develop CTS or another type of injury that has developed over time due to repeated movements, equipment vibration, or overuse/misuse of a body part that is unavoidable to do your job, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. Employers, whether they are in Philadelphia County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Berks County, Chester County, Montgomery County, or in any Pennsylvania municipality, may be reluctant to pay Workers’ Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries, partially because of the lack of understanding about the impact of CTS on the employee’s life. This is why you may need the advice of an experienced Pennsylvania lawyer to assess your claim and obtain the best possible outcome for you. Call us today at (484) 679-5239 for a free consultation.