Michigan lawyer explains how to win a carpal tunnel workers’ comp claim.
We have represented many individuals who have developed carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition occurs when the median nerve is affected by repetitive hand, wrist, or arm movements. It can also be caused by vibrating power tools. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, and weakness. Body parts that could be impacted are the fingers, hands, wrists, and arms. Treatment consists of wrist splinting, medications, corticosteroid injections, and surgery. These can be devastating injuries when a person is using their hands all day long at work. Here is some more information about carpal tunnel workers’ comp claims.
How to win a claim
Our experience shows that preparation is the key to winning your carpal tunnel syndrome claim. It requires evidence from a doctor showing future medical treatment needs and work restrictions. Watch out for insurance companies who use IME doctors or vocational assessments to deny workers’ comp benefits.
A good place to start is by talking with your doctor about medical causation. Explain the type of work that you perform and what symptoms have now occurred. Your doctor will do a physical examination and may order a specialized test called an EMG. Make sure to ask about work restrictions and the types of activities that should be avoided.
Individuals who have developed carpal tunnel syndrome should make a claim for benefits with their employer. It does not matter if they have only worked at this job for a short period of time because the last employer is legally responsible for paying all workers’ compensation benefits. This includes medical treatment and a percentage of lost wages.
Average carpal tunnel workers’ comp settlement
Insurance companies will pay a cash settlement for a carpal tunnel syndrome workers’ comp claim. The amount paid is going to depend upon how much medical treatment is needed and for how long a person is unable to work. The average workers’ comp settlement in Michigan was $58,641.58 in 2019.
Please remember that every claim is different, so it is best to speak with an experienced workers’ comp lawyer about your own situation. We have successfully recovered multiple years of disability benefits for employees who are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. There is no charge for the initial consultation and attorney fees are only paid if you get money.
Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 316-8033 for a free consultation today.