Blog October 2018

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Posted On: October 24, 2018

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is one of the most common workplace injuries, and leads to more lost time from work than any other workplace injury.[1] 

CTS is an example of a common repetitive stress injury. Examples of repetitive workplace tasks that can cause carpal tunnel include: typing, carrying trays, and cutting or pressing objects. These repetitive tasks can cause damage to the median nerve in the hand and wrist. Symptoms include pain in the hand and wrist, numbness, tingling, burning and swelling. 

It can sometimes be difficult to establish CTS as a workplace-caused injury because so many of our every day activities—from slicing vegetables for dinner, to playing tennis—can also cause CTS due to repetitive motion. The employee has the burden of proof for showing that the injury was caused by workplace injury or injuries and not by other non-work related actions.

CTS is an example of an injury due to “overexertion”. Other examples of overexertion include back pain due to lifting heavy objects repeatedly, muscle and joint pain, and disease or organ damage due to prolonged exposure to chemicals or toxic fumes. Along with CTS, these other forms of overexertion make up the majority of workers’ compensation claims in New York. 

Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim.

[1] https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/apr/wk1/art01.htm

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Mental Illness

Posted On: October 10, 2018

Mental Illness 

Severe trauma, bullying, threats, or unsafe work conditions can potentially lead to work-caused mental illness, such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These psychological illnesses can be just as debilitating as physical injuries. 

A mental illness claim for workers’ compensation is more complicated to establish than a physical injury. A causal link must be shown between the mental illness and the workplace. For example, a claimant must demonstrate that his/her anxiety was caused by workplace conditions and not personal circumstances. This means demonstrating that the work conditions in the claimant’s job were more anxiety-inducing than the conditions of an average job. However, just because a psychological condition does not emerge from a single precipitating incident does not mean a valid claim cannot be made. 

As with every workers’ compensation claim, consulting a lawyer is the best way to determine if a claim is viable. A workers’ compensation lawyer can explain the relevant laws related to mental illness and the workplace, and help file a claim. 

Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim.

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