Q I’m suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. I type a lot at work, but my employer doesn’t think I’m eligible for worker’s compensation. What should I do?
Unlike most on-the-job injuries in Morristown, repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome aren’t caused by sudden falls or traumatic accidents—they are gradual conditions that will get worse and worse the more you perform the same motions.
Repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome can affect any worker in any work environment, including:
- Offices. Neck and wrist injuries are commonly seen in office environments due to repeated telephone use, typing and using the mouse, or sitting in a chair that hasn’t been properly adjusted.
- Retail settings. Stores located in bustling shopping environments may forgo employee safety for the sake of speed, leading to bending injuries, elbow sprains, and knee injuries from repeated stockroom climbing.
- Loading docks. Warehouse workers are more likely to suffer repetitive motion injuries to their back and joints, including disc degeneration, knee problems, and pinched nerves.
While these types of injuries can be just as painful as those caused by traumatic accidents, their non-life-threatening status makes it tempting for employers to ignore them. Since there is no specific event that caused your injury, your employer may try to claim that your injury was your own fault.
The bottom line is: if you were injured at work, you deserve worker’s compensation—period. Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. is a New Jersey worker’s compensation attorney who has seen these cases before. He and his legal team have the experience dealing with employers who resort to “scare tactics” to stop workers from filing for benefits. With our help, you can get the resources you need to recover,
Call our office today at (877) 360-0183 or fill out the form on this page to schedule your free initial consultation. As always, we charge nothing for our services unless we win your case.