Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Workers Compensation Attorney Palm Beach Gardens
Workers who have jobs that require repetitive use of their arms and elbow are susceptible to serious injuries including Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is an elbow condition caused by increased pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow. The ulnar nerve passes under a piece of bone on the inner portion of the elbow commonly called the “funny bone.” When the pressure on the nerve disturbs or compresses the ulnar nerve numbness, tingling, and pain occur in the elbow, forearm, hand, or fingers.
The ulnar nerve lies next to the bone and has minimal padding. Any pressure on the elbow at this location can put pressure on the ulnar nerve. Repetitive use of the elbow can cause pressure which in turn results in physical symptoms including persistent numbness, elbow clicking and varying levels of pain. With repetitive work activity the nerve may become permanently damaged.
There are literally hundreds of jobs which require repetitive motion and activity involving the elbow. The following types of employment are linked to Cubital tunnel syndrome:
- Assembly Line Workers
- Checkout Line Workers (Scanning Items)
- Data Entry Specialists
- Data Processing Specialists
- Factor Workers
- Typing and Administrative Work
- Operating Vibrating Tools
After you report your repetitive workplace injury your employer may advise you that the injury could not have been caused at work and try to blame it on off-the-job activities or call it a personal condition. This is a typical tactic and you may also hear this from the clinic physicians with whom you initially treat if the claim is reported to the workers’ compensation insurance company. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt know how frustrating this can be and are here to help you report your claim and obtain the benefits available to you under Florida and Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws.
Many of our clients come to us with one or both elbows in pain. These bilateral injuries can happen at once, or develop over time as one arm is treated while the less traumatic arm picks up the slack resulting in injury to both elbows. While treatment can include medications, therapy and supportive devices, ultimately the condition must be surgically corrected. The success rate for surgery varies, but many times the surgeries require further intervention to address arthritic changes, cysts or scar tissue formation. Many workers find they cannot return to their previous employment as any contained work activity performed in the past will aggravate the condition and result in further trauma and need for care.
The dedicated cubital tunnel attorneys at the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt have more than 100 – years of combined legal experience and are trained to recognize repetitive injuries like cubital tunnel syndrome. If you or a loved one is suffering from a repetitive trauma injury call us today for a free and confidential consultation.
If you believe you have a work-related repetitive trauma injury call one of the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt today.