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Arlington Heights Injury Lawyers for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

DuPage County Carpal Tunnel Workers Comp Attorneys

Attorneys for Work-Related Wrist Injuries in Rolling Meadows, Wheeling, and Schaumburg

For many people, the term "workplace injury" brings to mind images of a construction worker falling from a ladder, a line cook cutting his or her hand with a knife, and other clearly defined accidents or incidents. While many work injuries do occur as the result of accidents such as these, others can develop slowly over time due to overuse of a particular body part or repetitive motion. Carpal tunnel syndrome is among the most common work-related repetitive motion injuries, and the condition can cause a person to miss work and to seek medical attention.

At Newland & Newland, LLP, we understand that if you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome caused by performing your job, you may be entitled to collect benefits under the Illinois workers' compensation system. Collecting benefits, however, is not always as simple as it sounds, and our attorneys are equipped to guide you through the work comp claims process.

Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by the compression of a nerve in the carpal tunnel, which is a narrow pathway through the bones and ligaments of the wrist on the palm side. When the nerve is compressed, the person might experience tingling, numbness, and pain in the lower arm and hand. The surrounding tendons can begin to swell, increasing the pressure on the nerve and the severity of the symptoms. Loss of proper hand function could eventually follow.

There are many factors that could contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome, including the person's anatomy and health problems. Work-induced carpal tunnel syndrome, however, is often attributed to repetitive motion of the hand and arm-often in awkward or uncomfortable positions. While carpal tunnel syndrome is not specific to a particular industry, it is most common among those who work with their hands, such as:

  • Construction workers;
  • Assembly line or factory workers;
  • Auto mechanics;
  • Painters; and
  • Computer users or typists.

Treating carpal tunnel syndrome often requires resting the affected area, but physical or occupational therapy may also be necessary. In many cases, surgery is required to correct the issue, and the injured employee must miss work as a result.

Seeking Workers' Compensation Benefits for Carpal Tunnel

With more than 60 years of combined legal experience, Attorney Gary A. Newland and his team understand that work-related activities can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. We also realize, however, that employers and their workers' compensation insurance carriers are likely to dispute that your carpal tunnel syndrome was caused by your work. In order to collect the benefits you deserve, you will need to show that your work-related duties were the direct cause of your condition, and we can help you do that. At our firm, we work closely with a network of qualified medical experts, including orthopedic surgeons and neurologists, whose input could be helpful in proving your case. We will not be tricked or intimidated into backing down or accepting a settlement that fails to take your long-term needs into account. Our lawyers will continue to fight until you get the full benefits to which you are entitled under the law.

Call 847-797-8000 Today

For more information about building a workers' compensation claim for carpal tunnel syndrome, contact our office. Call 847-797-8000 for a free phone consultation and case review today. Newland & Newland, LLP serves injured workers in Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Long Grove, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Wheeling, Des Plaines, Lake County, DuPage County, Cook County, and the rest of Northern Illinois.

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