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Traumatic carpal tunnel syndrome from landing on my hand…

Submitted By: Jess (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

I work at a fast food restaurant. About 2 months ago I fell at work in front of our ice machine. There was no mat in place like there is supposed to be. I have an incident report, pictures and witnesses. I landed on my outstretched hand. At first I thought I might have busted a blood vessel, but my dad, who is a chiropractor, suggested I might have fractured a carpal bone.

I went to the ER but they found nothing on the x-ray and determined it was a sprain, but suggested I follow up in a week to get it x-rayed again. I followed up with the company’s doctor, who put me in physical therapy. After a month my wrist had gotten worse so they had me take an MRI, but still nothing showed up.

They then referred me to a hand specialist who diagnosed me with Traumatic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Now I’m about to see a Neurologist to see if I have any nerve damage. What has me worried is having to deal with this for the rest of my life. I’m also an artist who makes money on the side selling drawings. It’s my chosen career to be a digital designer. I haven’t been able to draw since the accident.

People are telling me I should get a lawyer but so far the company has been paying for everything. I haven’t really taken off work for this yet, but I’m thinking it’s most likely going to happen. They said they would cover any time missed from work. But I’m still wondering if I should get a lawyer or not. Any thoughts? Thank you.

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Answer

Dear Jess,

According to the Mayo Clinic, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve. The median nerve runs from the forearm through a passageway in the wrist (carpal tunnel) to the hand. It provides sensation to the palm side of your thumb and fingers, except the little finger. It also provides nerve signals to move the muscles around the base of your thumb (motor function).

Anything that squeezes or irritates the median nerve in the carpal tunnel space may lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. There is no single cause in many cases. It may be that a combination of risk factors contributes to the development of the condition.

Based on the facts, it appears your employer has followed proper protocol in the addressing your medical and therapy bills and out-of-pocket costs. Unfortunately, workers comp does not cover pain and suffering and you’re precluded from seeking pain and suffering compensation directly from your employer.

If you believe the amount of compensation you are receiving may be unfair, or that you are being denied appropriate medical or chiropractic treatment, then seek the advice and counsel of a workers comp attorney in your area.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: October 19, 2017

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