Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Frequent Workplace Injury in Delaware

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common workplace injury that affects many individuals in Delaware. While many think of it as just a bit of wrist pain, there’s a lot more to it that makes it a much more painful disability. Learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome as a workplace injury, including its causes, symptoms, legal implications, and the importance of seeking legal representation if you’re suffering. Most importantly, if you have experienced carpal tunnel syndrome due to your work, Rhoades & Morrow is here to provide great legal assistance in navigating workers’ compensation claims.

Causes and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The “carpal tunnel” refers to the area near the palm of the hand and running along the underside of the forearm. This tunnel or canal contains several tendons, nerves, and bones. When these parts are injured, you develop what is known as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Recognizing the signs and understanding the risk factors of carpal tunnel syndrome can significantly aid in prevention and early intervention. Here are some things to look out for:

Repetitive Motion and Workplace Activities Leading to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

One primary cause of carpal tunnel syndrome as a workplace injury is repetitive motion. It is especially common in jobs that require continuous hand and wrist movements such as typing, assembly line work, or repeated use of hand tools. Work activities demanding excessive gripping, bending of the wrist, vibration, or mechanical stress on the palm can all contribute to the onset of this syndrome. Aside from that, long-term pressure on the median nerve—a nerve running from the forearm to the hand—can likewise lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Common Symptoms Experienced by Individuals with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Typically, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are progressive, starting subtly and worsening over time. The most common symptoms include a tingling sensation or numbness in the fingers, especially the thumb, index, and middle fingers. You may also experience a feeling of electric shock-like sensations in these fingers.

As the condition worsens, you might notice weakness in your hand, making it difficult to hold objects, or you could experience discomfort extending to the arm. An unusual symptom that people tend to overlook is waking up in the middle of the night with hand and wrist pain.

Legal Implications and Workers’ Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

In Delaware, workers’ compensation law covers carpal tunnel syndrome if it is a result of the individual’s job duties or work environment. This means that if you’ve been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and you believe it’s a result of your work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can cover your medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and a portion of your lost wages due to your inability to work.

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

To file a claim for carpal tunnel syndrome, you must first report the injury to your employer and seek medical attention. This provides proof that you’ve been injured at work, with the appropriate medical documentation to indicate you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Then, you should file the paperwork with the Office of Workers’ Compensation in Delaware. Follow all the prescribed steps to ensure your claim is handled appropriately and to increase your chances of receiving the benefits to which you’re entitled.

Seeking Legal Representation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cases

Navigating the complex world of workers’ compensation law can be intimidating, especially when dealing with a painful and debilitating condition like carpal tunnel syndrome. Having seasoned professionals on your side can help you understand your rights, represent your interests, and pursue your claim more effectively than you would typically be able to do on your own.

Rhoades & Morrow have decades of experience handling workers’ compensation cases, including those related to carpal tunnel syndrome. Our legal team has had significant success in securing just compensation for our clients, helping them get the medical treatment they need, and recouping lost wages. If you’re struggling to get the compensation you’re owed, having our team backing you can really help.

File for Workers’ Compensation for Your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Today

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common workplace injury in Delaware, often resulting from repetitive hand and wrist movements. Recognizing its symptoms and causes, understanding your rights under workers’ compensation law, and seeking appropriate legal representation are the best steps you can take to get the compensation you deserve.

At Rhoades & Morrow, we are committed to advocating for workers injured on the job. If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of your work, we encourage you to seek our experienced legal assistance.

Don’t let carpal tunnel syndrome go unrecognized or uncompensated. Contact Rhoades & Morrow today for legal assistance with workers’ compensation claims related to carpal tunnel syndrome. Call us at (302) 427-9500. We are here to help you navigate this legal process and ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.


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