Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Workers’ Compensation Claims in Illinois
In today’s fast-paced work environment, many individuals in Illinois find themselves spending extended hours performing repetitive tasks that can lead to various occupational health issues. One such common condition is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), which affects the wrist and hand due to repetitive motions.
For workers in Illinois, it is essential to understand the link between Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Workers’ Compensation, as it can have a significant impact on their rights and benefits in case of an injury. Read about how our team of experienced attorneys can take your workers’ comp case for carpal tunnel.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a medical condition caused by the compression of the median nerve as it passes through the narrow passageway in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. This compression can result from repetitive hand and wrist movements, such as typing, using a computer mouse at your office, assembly line work, or operating machinery, common in various industries.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel
Symptoms of carpal tunnel can vary depending on the person. Someone may have more severe or less severe symptoms depending on how they got carpal tunnel and other health factors as well. If you suspect you have carpal tunnel syndrome or are experiencing these symptoms, it’s recommended to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
- Pain: Individuals with carpal tunnel may experience pain or discomfort in the hand, wrist, forearm, and even the upper arm.
- Weakness: Weakness in the hand and a decreased ability to grip objects or perform tasks that require fine motor skills can be indicative of carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Burning Sensation: Some people report a burning sensation in the affected area, which can be uncomfortable.
- Hand and Finger Clumsiness: Difficulty with coordination, dropping objects, or difficulty manipulating small objects can occur due to the compromised nerve function.
- Symptoms Worsen at Night: Many people with CTS find that their symptoms are more pronounced at night or upon waking. This can lead to disrupted sleep.
- Symptoms Aggravated by Repetitive Movements: Activities that involve repetitive movements of the wrist and hand, such as typing, using a computer mouse, or working with tools, can exacerbate CTS symptoms.
People with CTS may find their productivity and overall quality of life compromised, necessitating timely diagnosis and appropriate interventions such as splinting, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgical procedures, to alleviate the effects of this condition and restore normal hand function.
Treatment options can range from conservative measures such as wrist splinting and ergonomic changes to more invasive interventions like corticosteroid injections or surgery, depending on the severity of the condition.
Can you receive workers’ compensation for carpal tunnel in Illinois?
Yes. Illinois provides Workers’ Compensation benefits to employees who sustain work-related injuries or develop occupational illnesses. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is considered an occupational injury if it is caused or aggravated by job-related activities. Therefore, if an employee can establish that their CTS is work-related, they may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits.
To ensure a successful Workers’ Compensation claim for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, it is essential to provide sufficient evidence linking the condition to job-related activities. This may include medical documentation from a qualified physician, detailing the diagnosis, the work activities that caused or exacerbated the CTS, and any necessary treatment.
Approved Carpal Tunnel Claims
If your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome claim is approved, you may be entitled to various Workers’ Compensation benefits, including:
- Medical Expenses: Coverage for reasonable and necessary medical treatments related to CTS, such as doctor visits, physical therapy, and medications.
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD): If the CTS prevents you from working temporarily, you may receive TTD benefits, usually a percentage of your average weekly wage.
- Permanent Partial Disability (PPD): If the CTS results in a permanent impairment, you may be eligible for PPD benefits.
- Vocational Rehabilitation: In some cases, retraining for a different job may be necessary, and Workers’ Compensation may cover vocational rehabilitation costs.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can significantly impact the quality of life and work capacity of employees in Illinois, especially those engaged in repetitive tasks. If you suspect your CTS is work-related, it’s crucial to seek medical attention promptly and report the condition to your employer.
Consulting with an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney at Rubens & Mulholland can help you navigate the process
R&M will help ensure you receive the rightful benefits to aid in your recovery and future wellbeing. Remember, understanding your rights and the available resources can make a significant difference in successfully managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome within the scope of Workers’ Compensation in Illinois.
Reach out to us today if you need help navigating your carpal tunnel case.