Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common and debilitating workplace injury that is covered by Permanent Partial Disability workers’ compensation. If you are suffering from the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, contact the workers’ compensation legal team at The Alberhasky Law Firm for medical and legal guidance about your options. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a serious problem for workers in the United States. Read on for more information about Workers’ Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Causes and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a chronic injury that occurs over time as the worker performs repetitive tasks with the hand and wrist. CTS is a result of chronic compression of the Median Nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand.
There are many repetitive tasks that can end up being causal factors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, including: typing on a computer, writing by hand, twisting a screwdriver, or operating machining equipment.
Common symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include tingling, numbness, loss of strength, and localized or shooting pain in the hand, wrist and forearm. Swelling and inflammation often accompany the primary symptoms of CTS. In advanced cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, scar tissue may form around the Medial Nerve, resulting in pain and swelling throughout the day, even at times of rest.
Workplace Disability Due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Workers suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may experience difficulty when using their hands for work tasks, including: grasping, lifting, twisting, typing, writing, and other repetitive tasks that require fine motor skills. Workers may experience pain and numbness when performing job related tasks, making it difficult or impossible to proceed through the workday.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and you are having significant difficulties performing your work tasks, contact The Alberhasky Law Firm to determine the nature of your injury and explore the legal options available to you.
Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
In the state of Missouri, permanent partial disability workers’ compensation is primarily determined using two variables:
- Your gross weekly wages in the 13 weeks prior to your injury. Your permanent partial disability workers’ compensation payment will be roughly 66% of your average weekly wages.
- The number of “weeks” assigned to the part of the body injured. This measure of disability is determined by the location of the permanently injured body part, meant to be reflective of the degree to which your injury location prevents you from working and limits your future earnings. Each part of your body has a certain number of “weeks” assigned to it. “Weeks” vary depending upon the part of the body, with 400 “weeks” being the maximum number used for permanent partial disability calculations.
In the case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a hand injury, you will be compensated at a rate of 66% of your weekly wages for a period of 175 “weeks” of disability, multiplied by the percentage of your disability as assigned by a doctor or judge. This is the standard rate of compensation in the state of Missouri for permanent disabilities to the hand. For more information about injury location and compensation duration in Missouri, refer to the Missouri Department of Labor Disability Schedule and Benefit Limits.
The Alberhasky Law Firm is Here Help You
If you or someone close to you is suffering in the workplace due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, don’t wait any longer to take action. This is a serious, chronic injury that will continue to get worse as time passes. The Alberhasky Law Firm has extensive experience in the successful dispensation of workers’ compensation claims. Contact us today to find out how we can help you seek medical and legal assistance for your workplace injury.