The American College of Rheumatology says carpal tunnel syndrome “is possibly the most common nerve disorder experienced today,” affecting up to 10 million Americans. Because virtually every office job in Ohio has a multitude of activities involving computers and the repetitive motions that go with computer use, it seems likely that those numbers will increase in coming years.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can decrease the function of your hands by decreasing hand strength and causing pins-and-needles sensations, numbness and burning sensations. The Ohio State Bar Association notes that carpal tunnel syndrome is considered an occupational disease here, meaning someone diagnosed with the condition can be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
However, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation states in its Diagnosis Determination Guidelines that carpal tunnel syndrome “is a common and potentially overused diagnosis.” That can mean that an employer or insurer might dispute a workers’ comp claim involving carpal tunnel. In turn, that can mean that even though the condition was brought on by your job, you won’t get benefits unless you fight for them.
It’s at that point in the process that many Columbus residents turn to an attorney experienced in workers’ comp appeals. A knowledgeable lawyer understands the types of tests and medical opinions needed to present persuasive arguments and evidence to the Industrial Commission of Ohio.
A workers’ compensation appeals attorney at Morgan & Justice in Columbus will also represent you in the Court of Common Pleas and Court of Appeals. Please see our Workers’ Compensation Appeals page for more information about how we can help you.