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Arm and wrist injuries happen in the workplace, and they are very common workers’ compensation injury claim.  Typically, people suffer arm and wrist injuries as a result of repetitive use.  The information below describes the injury, common diagnosis, and tips for filing a work injury claim.

What are 3 common types of repetitive use injuries:

  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Manual Labor (Yard Work, Carpentry
  • Manufacturing), and Assembly Line

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive movements result in carpal tunnel syndrome. Working with sharp objects result in lacerations and cuts.  Also, lifting objects can result in tendinitis (inflammation of the tendons) or wrist sprains (tearing of cartilage).  These arm and wrist injuries are common in Georgia workers’ compensation claims.

Injury Treatment

Injury treatment uses medication, rest, modified activities, and physical therapy.  Occasionally, injured workers require surgery for carpal tunnel release.  Sometimes, wrist fractures require titanium plates for stability.  Also, doctors use injections before proceeding to surgery.   Finally, it’s important to have post-operative physical therapy to regain range of motion after surgery.
Jobs requiring a repetitive arm and wrist movements result in the development of carpal tunnel syndrome among workers. Without break time, workers risk injuring their arm and wrist.  The common symptoms include numbness, weakness, and tingling.  The most acute pain results in hand, fingers, and wrists.  In addition, repetitive motions contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.  Typically, carpal tunnel shows up in office workers, but manual labor jobs commonly contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Wrist Injuries – Tinel and Phalen

Tinel and Phalen tests identify tingling in the fingers caused by nerve damage.  Doctors use electromyography to diagnose injury severity.  Electrodes on your arms determine the quality of nerve transmission.  Potential treatments depend on the severity of the injury.  Often, doctors prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs for pain relief.  Sometimes, physical therapy restores the nerve, but severe damage reduces PT effectiveness.

Five Tips For Filing Wrist Injury Claims

  1. Report Claim – Don’t delay. Delays can be used against you.
  2. Request a copy of the Panel of Physicians  
  3. Request Medical Treatment from your selected physician.
  4. Document Everything – It is critical to capture dates, pain location, and work activity.
  5. Incident Report – Request a copy of the written incident report. (Make sure your employer has the report on file.)
  6. Review Case Valuation – Calculate Comp Rate / Review Doctor’s Report / Analyze Severity of Injury
If you want to know your work comp rate, read this post to learn how to calculate the work comp rate.

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If you have a carpal tunnel, arm, or wrist injuries, and need legal advice, contact a workers’ compensation attorney. Beth Gearhart is Georgia’s most skilled workers’ compensation attorney, and she listens and cares about her clients.  If you would like a free case evaluation for your injury, don’t hesitate to contact Beth today.  If you don’t receive a settlement check, Beth doesn’t receive an attorney fee.

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