Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common workplace injury and may cause permanent disability if left untreated. It is a type of repetitive stress injury. Carpal tunnel injury involves compression of a nerve that extends from the forearm to the fingers through a small tunnel surrounded by bone located in the wrist. Repetitive hand motions or wrist motions can cause the tendons to swell in the wrist and pinch the nerve, leading to numbness or tingling of fingers.
Injured on the Job? Contact Our Workplace Accident Lawyers
If you have suffered a carpal tunnel injury on the job, you should talk to an experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney about the benefits you are entitled to receive, including lost wages, medical expenses and vocational rehabilitation costs.
For a free case evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim, please contact us online or call us toll free at (800) 367-0871. The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., have almost 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of individuals injured in the course of their employment.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the workplace injury lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C. help injured workers across Massachusetts, including but not limited to Boston, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth or Merrimack River. We also represent Rhode Island and New Hampshire residents whose injuries occurred in Massachusetts or who were hired in Massachusetts but who were injured out of state.
What Jobs Cause Carpal Tunnel Workplace Injuries?
It’s estimated that approximately 50 percent of the medically diagnosed cases of carpal tunnel syndrome are workplace injuries, according to the Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services. Workplace injury risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome include repetitive and forceful exertions of hands and wrist, repetitive work combined with awkward hand postures, and exposure to hand vibration. Many more women in Massachusetts get carpal tunnel workplace injuries than men.
Occupations with high numbers of carpal tunnel workplace injuries in Massachusetts include data entry clerks, general office clerks, secretaries and cashiers. Grocery store cashiers account for a large percentage of carpal tunnel workplace injuries. Hospitals had the second highest number of carpal tunnel workplace injuries behind grocery stores. Hospital secretaries represent 40 percent of the hospital workers who have carpal tunnel syndrome.
Manufacturing workers incur the highest rate of carpal tunnel workplace injuries, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Assembly line workers in garment manufacturing, meat packing, and snack food processing suffer high rates of repetitive motion workplace injuries.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a serious workplace injury. According to a Massachusetts health survey, more than 70 percent of workers with carpal tunnel syndrome identified through workers’ compensation claims had surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. Workers may be away from work for an extended period recovering from carpal tunnel injuries.
Work-related carpal tunnel injuries are preventable. Prevention strategies include reducing the pace of work, taking frequent rest breaks during the day, and adjusting your workstation so you have proper posture and ergonomics.
What Workers’ Compensation Disability Benefits Are Available?
Many carpal tunnel injuries incapacitate a worker for a lengthy period of time. You may be eligible for temporary total disability, partial disability, or permanent and total disability benefits as a result of a carpal tunnel workplace injury. Employee’s workers’ compensation benefits are determined by several factors, including average weekly wage and degree of incapacity from a workplace injury. A knowledgeable workplace injuries attorney can review your carpal tunnel injury and advise you about which benefits you may collect.
Why You Need Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
The Massachusetts workers’ compensation system is set up to ensure that employers have insurance to cover employees who are injured or disabled by workplace injuries such as repetitive motion carpal tunnel injuries. All employees have legal rights to workers’ compensation for work-related injuries. And yet, employees often have trouble getting their fair claim for workers’ compensation paid after a carpal tunnel injury.
The insurance company may deny your carpal tunnel injury is a workplace injury. At the hearing to decide your workers’ compensation claim, the insurance company will have legal representation. You should, too. You should have an experienced workers’ compensation attorney standing up for your legal rights.
While many Massachusetts lawyers practice in a number of different areas of the law, the workplace injury lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., concentrate exclusively in the area of workers’ compensation. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys have almost 30 years of experience in all types of workplace injury cases — and we can help you.
We believe in a hands-on approach, providing individual attention to each and every client. We do not pass off cases to other Massachusetts law firms or to junior associates. A client will have the same attorney handling his or her claim from start to conclusion.
Our workplace accident attorneys believe strongly that all clients should be well educated with respect to the laws and that they should be active participants in all facets of their workers’ compensation claim. We are ready to answer workplace injury questions from workers across Massachusetts, including but not limited to Boston, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth or Merrimack River. We also represent Rhode Island and New Hampshire residents whose injuries occurred in Massachusetts or who were hired in Massachusetts but who were injured out of state.
For a free, no-obligation evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim, please contact us online. The workers’ compensation lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates are here to help victims of workplace injuries. You may also call us toll free at (800) 367-0871.