Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Some jobs require workers to repeat the same movements or actions thousands of times. The repetitive nature of the job can cause painful overuse injuries to hands, shoulders, knees, backs and other joints. Workers in Georgia who suffer injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis in the course of performing their job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
If you have been diagnosed with an overuse injury and are having difficulty obtaining workers’ compensation, talk to a Georgia workers’ compensation attorney about your rights.
At Parsons & Associates, P.C., we’ll review your overuse injury claim from our offices in Atlanta and Savannah and advise you of your legal options free of charge.Understanding Your Rights After Work-Related Repetitive Motion Injury
The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act covers workers who develop overuse injuries and injuries caused by repeated motions in the course of employment. Among the most common types of overuse injuries are:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – The risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome is common among workers performing certain types of work, including manufacturing; assembly-line work; sewing; and meat, poultry and fish processing. Symptoms include burning, tingling or numbness in the fingers, discomfort in the wrist and forearm and difficulty gripping. The injury can damage the median nerve, causing shooting pain up your arm. Treatment often involves resting and stabilizing the injured hand or wrist, leaving you unable to work for an extended period. Serious carpal tunnel injuries may require surgery.
- Tendonitis – Repeated motions performed as part of normal work activities can cause tendinitis, a type of repetitive motion disorder involving stretching or repeated overuse of the tendons connecting muscle and bone. Tendinitis often occurs in middle-aged or senior workers as a result of overuse for an extended period of time. Tendons that frequently become inflamed include those in the hand and upper arm and the Achilles tendon.
If you have a work-related overuse injury, you are entitled to full medical care, rehabilitation and weekly replacement income if you can’t work. Because overuse injuries develop gradually rather than from a single traumatic accident, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance administrator may dispute your injury claim. If that happens, talk to a knowledgeable overuse injury claim attorney at Parsons & Associates, P.C..
We will guide you through the series of steps you’ll need to take to obtain full benefits, including filing a Notice of Claim with the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation and requesting a hearing before the board. We understand the medical evidence that the board is looking for to show that an overuse injury was work-related.
The attorneys at Parsons & Associates, P.C. have helped injured workers in the Atlanta and Savannah areas receive the full worker’s compensation benefits they deserve after a work-related repetitive motion injury. To speak directly with Michael Parsons, call our offices today. We offer personal service, and your call will be returned within 24 hours.J. Michael Parsons
At one time, attorney J. Michael Parsons was a lawyer who defended employers and insurance companies. But he grew disillusioned working for large corporations. He decided to launch his own law practice devoted to achieving fair compensation for injured workers.