When people think of workers’ comp benefits, they may think of having to file a claim for a workplace accident that inflicts injuries, which have to be treated at a hospital. But such sudden injuries are not the only reasons a worker can file a claim. In fact, other types of workers’ comps claims can be more common, such as claims for repetitive strain injuries. Carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist tendonitis) is one such injury, which can simply be the result of months and months of performing the same actions. This could include actions such as:
- Playing an instrument
- Performing surgery
Of course, there are many other forms of work-related wrist tendonitis. This conditions occurs when your wrist’s tendons are swollen from overexertion. This can cause frequent pain, numbness, decreased ability, and other consequences. To take care of the issue, a worker may need to take a break from the repetitious motion, and require massages, a splint, medicine, and perhaps physical therapy. If the tendonitis is allowed to get worse, surgery could be necessary.
So what can you do about carpal tunnel syndrome at work? Before you consider filing a claim, let your supervisor know about your wrist tendonitis symptoms right away. He or she could modify your work station or your duties to help you recover.
If your employer does nothing to help, however, you can:
- Let him or her know you might be suffering a workplace injury.
- Go to a doctor for diagnosis.
- Talk to a lawyer about your eligibility to file a workers’ comp claim.
Workers’ compensation benefits can include financial payouts to cover your medical costs, missed pay, and more. Find out if you qualify for these benefits when you talk to a Board Certified workers’ compensation specialist. At the Whitley Law Firm, our Raleigh personal injury lawyers are highly qualified to handle workers’ comp cases. We are thoroughly aware of your legal rights and options. Start getting the advice you need when you ask for your free case review today!