Employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance that provides employees with compensation for losses stemming from work injuries. Losses that may be covered by workers’ comp include lost wages from time off work and the cost of medical treatment for the injury. Even if a workers’ comp insurance plan is in place, it is not always easy to file a claim. Additionally, once a claim has been filed, many employees are surprised to learn that their claim has been denied.
Repetitive stress injury claims, such as carpal tunnel, may be denied. At Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC our team of workplace injury attorneys assist in the filing of a workers’ compensation claim. We can also pursue a claim that has been denied to help our clients get compensated to the full extent the law allows. We are prepared to fight for those suffering from work injuries and carpal tunnel in the Richmond, VA area to minimize the extent of their losses.
What Is Carpal Tunnel?
Carpal tunnel is a repetitive stress injury that is caused when the median nerve and the tendons are compressed in the wrist. This condition can cause pain, weakness, or numbness in the hands or wrists. There are many factors that can contribute to carpal tunnel, including age, gender, weight, arthritis, diabetes, and pregnancy. However, one of the most recognized causes of carpal tunnel is repetitive movement of the hands and wrists, most often related to work tasks. Examples of work tasks that can lead to carpal tunnel include the following:
- Use of a cash register
- Use of power tools
- Work on an assembly line
Carpal Tunnel and Workers’ Compensation
In most cases, workers’ compensation is required to provide compensation for any type of injury that is work-related. However, it is not uncommon for workers’ comp insurance companies to argue whether carpal tunnel is truly a work-related injury.
Since carpal tunnel can develop over time due to repetitive motions, rather than stemming from a single, traumatic event, it is easier for employers to deny liability for the injury. Employers may argue that the injury could be due to hobbies or sports that are practiced outside of work, or even from repetitive motions performed at a second job. It is up to the employee to provide evidence that carpal tunnel is a work-related injury. Because employers often question carpal tunnel claims, it is a good idea to work alongside an experienced work injury attorney, such as those at Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC, when filing a workers’ comp claim.
If a workers’ comp claim for a carpal tunnel injury is denied, the employee has a right to appeal the decision. Our attorneys represent employees during a trial or appeals process and will fight to ensure the decision is overturned and that our client is justly compensated for losses stemming from the injury.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel and need assistance filing a workers’ compensation claim or appealing a workers’ comp denial, our attorneys can help. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn how the experienced work injury attorneys at Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC can assist you throughout the workers’ compensation process.