Louisiana actually has one of the lowest rates of worker injury in the country. However, the state spends more than many other states when compensating employees for injuries that do occur. Louisiana has an outdated fee schedule and expensive medical treatments that increase the overall costs of workers' compensation.
Numerous workplace injuries still occur in the state every year, but many people develop injuries without ever telling their employers. Carpal tunnel develops over time due to repetitive motions in the wrists and hands. A lot of people assume it is a normal occurrence after working for a certain number of years, but the truth is that you can get workers' comp for this injury. You should consult with an attorney to see if your symptoms could qualify you for a claim.
How do you identify a carpal tunnel injury?
There are several symptoms of carpal tunnel to be aware of. Some of the most common include:
- Loss in grip strength and an inability to pinch and grasp objects
- Loss of dexterity in the fingers
- Burning, tingling and numbness in the fingers
- Frequently dropping objects
- Pain in the hand that shoots into the arms and shoulders
All this occurs when joints in the wrist become overworked. It is most likely to occur in certain professions, such as cashiers, office workers, painters, mechanics, musicians and data entry workers.
What should you do when this occurs?
You should never ignore the signs of carpal tunnel. The first thing you should do in this instance is inform your employer of the condition. You may just need to take a break from certain activities for a while. This also helps document the condition, which will aid your claim later should you choose to pursue one. Once you have an evidence trail in place, you can talk to a lawyer to see if you should pursue a claim in earnest.