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Can I get workers' compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Most jobs in Atlanta require the use of your hands. People who work jobs that require the frequent use and motion of their hands are at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. The syndrome is a repetitive stress injury that is very common among factory and meat plant workers, musicians, sports players and other professionals who use certain tools. Some positions require repeated actions that can cause injury to the nerves inside of your hands and wrists, making it painful and difficult for you to use them.

CTS can take months or years to develop and affects everyone differently. Many cases are manageable, but some can become so severe that it becomes impossible for the sufferer to work pain-free. If your condition is a direct result of your job, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

Signs of carpal tunnel syndrome

People who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome may have trouble using and moving their hands to grasp things. They also experience difficulties typing, writing and performing other common work-related movements. It is not uncommon for them to experience numbness, tickling or fiery sensations and stiffness in their hands, wrists and arms. The damage caused by this condition is not reversible. There are treatments available, such as prescription creams, medications, medical devices and surgery that may provide some relief.

Document all treatment

Once you start experiencing discomfort in your arms and wrists, you should seek out treatment and if possible get a timely diagnosis. Workers' compensation claims are bound by a statute of limitations. If you fail to report your injury within a certain amount of time, you risk losing your right to benefits. You should keep documentation of all incidents and treatments. The first time you experience pain that you suspect is related to CTS, you should make a report to your employer and your medical provider.

If your condition is causing you severe distress and interfering with your ability to perform your job, you should inform your employer about the situation and ask for job duties that are easier for you to complete. You should also file a claim for workers' compensation.

Carpal tunnel claims are challenging to prove because the condition can also develop from car accidents, sports injuries and other situations. Also, if you have not been on the job a long time, your employer may feel inclined to dispute your claim. Dealing with the effects of carpal tunnel syndrome on your career and livelihood can be challenging. If you have issues or concerns regarding your condition and workers' compensation, you should speak with an attorney about your situation.

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