What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about work injuries? You probably think about falls, tool mishaps, knife cuts, or other obvious traumas. Those injuries certainly do happen, and there are certain industries that are more dangerous for workers than others. However, today we want to talk about a less discussed type of injury – stress-related injuries.
You may hear them called different things:
- Stress-induced injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Stress-related injuries
- Cumulative stress injuries
They are all the same thing. Perhaps the one most people have heard of, and the most common, is carpal tunnel syndrome. What many people do not realize is that these injuries also have work-related causes and they seem to be on the rise across all work industries.
The workers’ compensation claim rates for these injuries have grown by 50 percent since 2008. That is a fairly significant jump. Why have the numbers shot up so much?
Is it that more people are getting injured? Perhaps they are just becoming more aware of what is actually causing the pain. Today, we want to look a bit closer at carpal tunnel syndrome. If you need an experienced carpal tunnel syndrome attorney in Kansas City, you can count on Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. to be by your side.
What Is It?
The carpal tunnel is actually a part of your wrist. It is a tunnel that carries nerves and tendons and can be compressed over time due to certain actions you repeat over and over again. This can be:
- Assembly line work
- Use of vibrating tools
Studies show that 2.7 percent of the population in the US suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome.
The symptoms for carpal tunnel can include:
- frequent numbing
- a burning feeling
- tingling in the palm of the hand and fingers
This can also progress if not treated. It can lead to a decrease in grip strength and muscle loss at the base of the thumb. This can significantly impact a person’s ability to do their job and hurt their income if they are no longer able to work.
A major problem for people suffering from carpal tunnel, and other repetitive stress injuries, is that the symptoms often develop over long periods of time and are harder to pinpoint on a workplace cause. This can mean delays when trying to get workers compensation coverage.
What You Can Do
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome or another RSI, we understand what you are going through. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we want to make sure you get the compensation you deserve for all of your expenses. If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied or you have been fired because of your injury, we want to help. We will work to secure coverage for your medical expenses as well as lost income. When you need the best Kansas City carpal tunnel syndrome attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 816-941-8949 .