If you’re in a lot of pain whenever you use your computer at work, you’re not alone. Almost one million people each year are diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. It is brought about by extensive use of your wrists in a repetitive motion, even for seemingly safe tasks like typing on a keyboard or other work-related activities.
What typically is a minor annoyance at first can eventually become a serious problem as the strain your daily job duties puts on your wrist’s ligaments causes them to become inflamed and compresses your median nerve. This area that runs along your wrist and into your hand is known as the carpal tunnel.
The inflammation can cause permanent nerve or muscle damage if not treated early. Many workers’ compensation cases in Missouri each year are related to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Unfortunately, many carpal tunnel syndrome cases require surgery for proper healing. In fact, over 230,000 carpal tunnel surgeries are performed annually, many as a result of repetitive stress injuries from work.
There are two common types of carpal tunnel surgery: open, where a large cut is made around the carpal tunnel to relieve pressure, and endoscopic, in which a small incision is made, and a camera is inserted to guide the cutting.
After surgery, the injury can take several weeks and require additional therapy to heal properly. It may be a while before you are able to return to work safely.
Before you do, you want to make sure that you are properly compensated by the insurance company for your surgery, lost time at work and any additional medical expenses that might crop up afterwards.
Carpal tunnel surgery isn’t cheap. Typically over $5,000. When negotiating your workers’ compensation settlement, you want to maximize the amount of money that you get.
Going about it on your own is a tremendous risk that you don’t want to take. Your odds of getting more money in the settlement are increased significantly with the help of an experienced Missouri workers compensation attorney.
The Krebs Law Firm works on a contingency basis. We don’t get paid unless you do. After our fees have been sorted out, odds are that you’ll still end up with more money than if you’d attempted to handle everything yourself.
If you’ve been approved for carpal tunnel surgery and don’t have a workers’ compensation lawyer yet, call us today for a free consultation, and let us help you get what you deserve.
You need an experienced workers compensation attorney at your side to make sure you get what you deserve for your carpal tunnel injury. Call The Krebs Law Firm locally at (417) 883-5886 or toll free at (800) 345-0535.
There is no upfront cost to hiring a Missouri Work Comp lawyer for your claim. If have a potential Missouri work comp case and want to make sure you maximize your Missouri Workers Compensation benefits for your carpal tunnel injury that will require surgery to repair, then you should speak to a Missouri Workers Compensation attorney sooner rather than later.
Utilize our years of expertise to get the compensation you deserve and let us help each step of the way.