In general, when one hears about someone getting injured on the job it is typical to think of the big accidents like falling and hitting your head or losing a limb. Very rarely does one consider the injuries that evolve from repetitive movements. For example, if you feel pain or tingling in your hands or wrist while doing common house chores you may not correlate the pain with the responsibilities of your job. Or you may think that it isn’t necessary to tell your employer because it is just a natural hazard of the job. That is the wrong way to think about your injury. In California, every business is required to have workers’ compensation insurance because not only is it important to look after your employees but there is a legal obligation to document any accidents or injuries related to the workplace.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common injury for those in the computer field, construction, musician, or dancer. Or really any field that requires the extensive use of your hands or wrists. Extensive use of your hands and wrists leads to overextension which can cause inflammation in the hand or wrist. The inflammation puts pressure on the median vein which is called the carpal tunnel. This pressure causes pain in your wrist, numbness or tingling in your thumb and the first three fingers of your hand, pain or burning in your arm, and weakness of muscles. Unfortunately, this kind of injury does not help itself over time. This kind of injury needs medical attention and you have the right to make a workers’ compensation claim to help you seek medical help and treatment.
Once you start to feel the pain you should tell your employer and go seek a physician. When you meet with your doctor be sure to tell them that you are there to evaluate an injury from the workplace. This will help the doctor write more detailed notes to prepare for a workers’ compensation claim. The evaluation will help you better understand your pain as well as provide documentation on how to improve your situation. You must follow the treatment plan. The insurance company will evaluate the evaluation, but it may not help with all the necessary treatments. This is why it is important to speak with a workers compensation attorney.
If you feel as if something isn’t right with your claim or your treatment then you need to call our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at JML Law, a Professional Law Corporation in Anaheim. We know how the system works. We know that it is not a perfect system. Let our professionals take some of the stress off your back so that you can focus on healing and recovering. Call 818-610-8800 or click here to start a conversation with our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys. With years of successful representation, we promise to work on your case aggressively and tactfully.
Every case is unique and needs to be evaluated by our experienced lawyers. If you have been injured in a work-related accident,