Some jobs inherently involve more risk than others, but those risks aren’t always obvious. While it’s clear that fishermen face threats from severe storms in the ocean, it isn’t as clear that desk and cash register jobs can lead to painful repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel. If you believe that your job has led to the development of carpal tunnel that is now impacting your life, you should reach out to an attorney that can help you make the most of the workers’ compensation system.
A Quick Introduction to Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel are growing in frequency because workers are spending more time behind desks, hunched over keyboards that place strain on the wrists and other body parts. Carpal tunnel syndrome in particular is a condition that forms when the median nerve and tendons that flex your fingers become compressed. This compression causes pain, weakness, and numbness in the wrist and hand, and sometimes the only solution is surgery.
Using Workers’ Compensation to Deal With Carpal Tunnel
Since carpal tunnel is a stress injury, it is difficult to prove that it developed due directly to your job responsibilities. Unfortunately, this means that you have the burden of proof to prove that your carpal tunnel syndrome is work-related and thus deserving of workers’ compensation. If you have a second job, hobby, or other disease that could theoretically contribute to your carpal tunnel, chances are that your employer’s insurance company will argue that your injury did not form while working for your employer, in turn robbing you of the ability to collect important financial compensation to cover the costs of your injury.
If you find yourself in this difficult situation, it is best to seek help from a trusted local attorney like Jeff Swaney at Swaney Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri. Attorney Swaney has been serving the St. Louis area for more than 34 years and understands workers’ compensation law inside and out. Call him at (314) 310-8373 to get more information and begin fighting for your workers’ compensation today.