Can I File a Carpal Tunnel Injury Claim?
September 25, 2019 | Catastrophic Injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a sensation of numbness or tingling in a person’s hands, fingers, or wrist. CTS can start minor, but over time, if nerves continue to be irritated, this can lead to chronic severe pain, numbness, and loss of coordination in affected parts of the body.
Carpal Tunnel Claims in Missouri
Carpal Tunnel is caused by repetitive injury to a person’s hand, wrist, or fingers, or sudden, blunt force trauma, such as in a car accident. While Carpal Tunnel can be alleviated with splints, arm wraps, and medication once it occurs, if treatment isn’t sought for CTS (which is damage to the primary nerve in a person’s hand, the median nerve), this can lead to permanent nerve damage, pain, loss of mobility in the hands, wrist, and fingers, and other damages. Typically, the Carpal Tunnel is caused by the following:
- Repetitive typing
- Working an assembly line
- Knitting, embroidering, and sewing
- Drawing, painting, or playing music
- Manual labor jobs, such as construction or working as a mechanic
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is primarily caused at work, but can also occur as a result of a car accident, sports injury, or breaks/fractures caused during other personal injury accidents. In addition to pain, numbness, and tingling in a victim’s hand, fingers, or wrist, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can have symptoms such as arm and shoulder pain, inability to hold an object, and burning in a person’s fingers, hands, or wrists.
Missouri Carpal Tunnel Injury Statistics
According to the Missouri Department of Labor, an estimated 37% of workers’ comp-related disability claims are attributed to sprains, tears, and strains, such as CTS. Statistically, females are three times more likely to develop CTS than men, with the most common carpal tunnel injury claims in Missouri including symptoms such as sharp, shooting pains, and tingling, that can radiate from a person’s fingertips all the way up to their arms and shoulder muscles in severe cases.
If you are suffering from CTS after a severe accident or as a result of your job, you could be entitled to a hand, wrist, and finger settlement in Missouri. Under Missouri Workers Compensation Laws, if an employee is injured at work, employers are required to compensate victims if a Missouri workers’ compensation claim is filed.
Additionally, if a person experiences CTS as a result of severe hand, wrist, or finger injuries from a motor vehicle or personal injury accident, under the personal injury statute, if there’s evidence of the other party’s negligence, proof of the victim’s injuries, and a strong claim for the victim’s case, the negligent party is required to compensate the victim for present and future damages.
Talk to a St. Louis Carpal Tunnel Lawyer Today
If you suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and have incurred severe medical expenses (medical tests, accessories, pain medication, CTS release surgery), mental or physical distress, or lost wages from not being able to perform the tasks of your job as a result of CTS, you could be eligible to file a carpal tunnel injury claim in Missouri.
Proving CTS involves electrophysiological tests of nerves, x-rays to examine damage (if any) caused by CTS and ultrasounds that allow a closer look at bones, muscles, and nerves. In addition to proof of injuries, it’s essential to collect accounts of what happened in the accident that caused your carpal tunnel (coworkers, witnesses of the accident, a police report), proof of damages (lost wages, property damage, etc.), and discuss your case with a St. Louis Carpal Tunnel Injury Lawyer.
Christopher Dixon and the Missouri Carpal Tunnel Claim Lawyers at the Dixon Injury Firm specialize in fighting for the rights of workers compensation and personal injury victims in Missouri. If you need an attorney to represent your carpal tunnel claim in St. Louis, you can count on the Dixon Injury Firm. Our experienced attorneys have your case’s best interests at heart and can recover the maximum amount of compensation for your harm and losses.
For a free case review or consultation and to discuss your case with our St. Louis Carpal Tunnel Injury Lawyers, call (314) 208-2808 or contact the Dixon Injury Firm today.