Carpal tunnel syndrome injuries are frequently seen by Michigan personal injury lawyers. A detailed knowledge and understanding of this type of injury, treatment for this type of injury, and its affect on the client is essential to achieving the best possible settlement for the injured client. A carpal tunnel syndrome injury frequently arises from trauma, such as a car accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall accident, bicycle accident, or recreational injury. Many of these injuries are work-related injuries from repetitive use. Depending on the cause of the injury, the injured person may have legal rights to be compensated for his or her injury, including money damages for pain and suffering, disability, medical bills, and lost wages.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a specific group of symptoms that can include tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers, thumb, hand, and occasionally in the arm. These symptoms occur when there is pressure on the median nerve within the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a small space or "tunnel" in the wrist formed by the wrist bones (carpal bones) and a ligament (transverse carpal ligament). The median nerve and several tendons pass through the carpal tunnel from the forearm to the hand. The tendons are surrounded by tubes of tissue (tendon sheaths). The median nerve controls some movements of the thumb, and this nerve supplies feeling to most of the thumb and to the index finger, middle finger, and part of the ring finger.
Carpal Tunnel Causation
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by conditions and activities that put pressure on the median nerve and decrease its blood supply, leading to tingling, numbness, pain, and/or weakness. Any of the following conditions or activities, or a combination of them, can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome: The most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain of the fingers or, less commonly, the palm. Symptoms most often occur in the parts of the hand supplied by the median nerve: the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger.
Carpal Tunnel Treatment
Carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed based on your medical history, a physical exam, and sometimes further tests. These include never testing and x-rays to determine the size and shape of the carpal tunnel.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is treated in a variety of ways. Non-surgical treatment, like physical therapy, usually relieves the pressure and pain in the wrist and hand. Surgery is usually reserved for carpal tunnel syndrome that is disabling and that hasn't responded to weeks of treatment. Surgery involves cutting the ligament that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel, which makes more room in the tunnel and relieves pressure on the median nerve. The surgery (carpal tunnel release) is usually successful but in some cases does not completely relieve the numbness or pain.
Contact Our Michigan Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been a victim of carpal tunnel syndrome, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Call (800) 606-1717 today to speak with our legal team about your situation. We will listen to your story and determine if you have a medical malpractice case. We represent all clients under our No Fee Promise, which means you will not be responsible for any payments unless we are able to recover a settlement for you. There is absolutely nothing to lose, so call us today!