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Can you get workers' comp for carpal tunnel?

With an increasing number of employees around the country sitting at a desk for hours on end at work, many people have begun to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel occurs when the tunnel in the wrist becomes too narrow, which puts an immense amount of pressure on the median nerve. It can result in a great deal of discomfort as well as weakness, tingling and numbness. 

Workers' compensation most often applies to significant injuries that take place at work, such as slip and falls. However, workers' comp can sometimes apply to instances of carpal tunnel. The employee will need to provide evidence that his or her duties directly correlate to the condition because in some cases, carpal tunnel is a genetic issue. 

Why should I report my workplace injury in California?

If you suffer an injury on the job, especially if it is not a necessarily serious injury, you may be wondering if you should report it to your employer. Many employees choose not to report workplace injuries because they fear they may lose their job or experience other forms of retaliation by their employer. 

The bottom line, however, is that it is critical that you report your workplace injury in California as soon as it happens, or as soon as you become aware of the injury. Waiting to report or deciding not to report can have serious consequences for you, your health and your finances as time goes on.

Some reasons employers wrongly deny a workers' comp claim

Many employers are understanding and responsive when it comes to workers' compensation claims. They approach the matter from a position of trust, knowing that if they treat their employees well, their employees have less incentive to try to file a false claim.

However, there are some employers, even those that appear ethical, who deny workers' compensation claims for dubious or outright wrong reasons. Here are a top few.

Can I receive benefits for nonaccident injuries and illnesses?

As an employee in the Redding area, you may be under the impression that you cannot receive workers’ compensation benefits unless a workplace accident caused your injuries. It is true that injuries that occur on the job are usually compensable with workers' comp benefits

However, if you suffer certain health conditions, fall ill or incur injuries while on the job, you may also qualify. Here is a brief overview of workers’ compensation benefits and nonaccidental workplace injuries. 

Is a lawyer necessary for a workers' compensation claim?

When you suffer an injury on the job, the first thing on your mind after seeking medical attention is obtaining financial compensation to pay for the medical bills and lost wages. You may be in such a hurry to receive the money that you forgo hiring a lawyer out of fear that doing so will make the claim take longer.

However, the opposite is usually true. Not having an attorney help you generally leads to a delay in benefits. The following are even more reasons to hire a lawyer when filing a workers' compensation claim.

What to do after your workers' comp claim is denied

Workers’ compensation is an important benefit that should protect employees and ensure they receive the treatment they need after an injury. Unfortunately, this ideal is not always the reality when workers go to file a claim. According to the United State Department of Labor, in fact, as many as 46 percent of applications end in a denial upon first submission in the state of California.

This is a startling statistic, but the thought of giving up after a denial is even more startling. Fortunately, there is an appeals process in place that allows injured workers to continue seeking compensation. There are a few steps you should take in order to continue pursuing your case.

Traumatic brain injuries take a toll on young workers

Workplace injuries take a toll on every worker affected by them, but not all injuries are equally serious in the long term, and not all are equally visible. One injury that is more common than many employers and workers realize is traumatic brain injury. TBI has a profound effect on workers even when physical recovery seems to happen quickly, so it is important that those who are injured on the job have the right benefits and support to recover as fully as possible.

Questions and answers about workers' compensation and injuries on the job

In every field or profession, there is a chance that you can be injured on the job. Sometimes these injuries are basic and easily treated while others can put you in the hospital and completely change the course of your life. Most companies use workers' compensation insurance to help cover the financial costs when an employee is injured on the job, but it's important that the employee understands the basics of how the process works.

Can your workers' comp claim hurt you? Not in California

Even if you've been injured on the job, you might hesitate to file for workers' compensation. You might worry about how filing for workers' comp could affect your job. Will your employer be upset and take it out on you? Could your employer decide to fire you if you make a claim?

You don't need to worry: this kind of behavior is illegal under California labor law.

Five myths about workers' compensation

Maybe you were injured in a workplace accident. Maybe you were exposed to toxic chemicals on the job. Maybe your condition is a result of repetitive stress. In any of these situations, you may qualify for workers' compensation benefits. However, the first step to getting the help you need is understanding how the system works - and how it doesn't.

Here are five common myths about workers' compensation benefits in California:


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