Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by multiple factors, especially repetitive motion-based actions and trauma.
Many workplaces or job profiles cause repetitive motions in the same hand or wrist. Over time these continuous movements cause pain in the wrist i.e. causing a carpal tunnel syndrome.
Here are a few jobs and activities with a high probability of repetitive action and hand motion:
- Assembly line work
- Data entry or typing
- Playing musical instruments
- Working long hours on a computer
- Automobile mechanic activities
- Painter or carpenter
- Agricultural worker
- Repetitive use of vibrating tools
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome cause restriction movement and action which last a lifetime. Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms expand way beyond the ability to continue in a particular job profile but have lasting effects on everyday activities.
The most common symptoms are:
- Numbness and burning sensation in the thumb or first three fingers
- Pain in hand which goes up to the arm and shoulder
- Weak grip and inability to pinch
- The frequent dropping of objects
The rise of desk and computer jobs has caused a relative increase in personal health injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. While your mouse and keyboard might be the main reason behind your issue, you can’t sue your employer over carpal tunnel syndrome. But you can claim a worker’s compensation for the same.
It is very important to understand how worker’s compensation works before starting the process. It is highly recommended to pursue the journey along with a compensation lawyer to benefit from the worker’s compensation insurance system.
In the case of an accident or trauma caused by an accident at work or someone’s negligence at your workplace, you can definitely take the help of a personal injury lawyer to claim the worker’s compensation.
The time frame of claiming a personal injury claim or a carpal tunnel compensation claim is six months. In some scenarios, this can be extended to 3 years, depending on the injury and situation.
Steps to take if you are injured at work:
- It is highly recommended to notify your employer about injuries either verbally or in writing.
- Remember to give all the relevant information about how and when the injury occurred.
The compensation amount for a carpal tunnel worker’s claim is based on certain factors based on the individual and their circumstances.
A compensation lawyer might look into multiple actors such as:
- Existing conditions
- Workplace negligence
- The seriousness of the injury
- Job requirements and link to injury
- Current and future loss of earnings
- Medical and travel expenses you had to pay
- Your present and future care and support needs
- Provide as many details about your injury as possible
- Be certain that the worker’s claim does not have the potential to work against you
- Confirm whether your employer is certified for workplace injury
- Consult a personal injury lawyer who is an expert in such claims
LHD’s team of carpal tunnel injury lawyers are available at 26 offices all over Australia:
Visit one of our personal injury centres in NSW, VIC, QLD, WA and TA. Our national team is a group of dedicated personal injury specialists aimed to give you the best possible legal outcome for your carpal tunnel injury.
We operate across major cities and regional areas, find your nearest office here.
The experienced team at LHD Lawyers are experts in carpal tunnel injury workers comp claims. The team members take the individual through a step by step process of making workers’ claims in Australia.
LHD Lawyers have over 30 years of experience in making carpal tunnel claims a smoother and easier process for affected individuals all across the country. We are dedicated to understanding your situation and applying a personalised approach to your carpal tunnel workers claim. The LHD team will keep you updated throughout the claim process and would be happy to answer all your questions to give you clarity and a thorough understanding of your case. Our ‘no win no fee‘ guarantee means that if we don’t win your case, you won’t need to pay us a cent.
We also have an innovative ‘LHD Lawyers Case Tracker’ mobile application which allows you to keep a check on your claim’s continuous progress.