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Repetitive Motion Injuries- Maryland Workers Comp

Repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome are covered under Maryland Workers Compensation laws. 

While these cases are ordinarily a bit more complicated benefits are available to those who suffer from repetitive motion injuries. Cubital tunnel syndrome or ulnar neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome are some of the more common forms of occupational diseases however depending on occupation, job duties, familial history, and general health there may be other occupational diseases covered under workers comp. 

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What it takes for your repetitive motion injury to be covered under Maryland Workers Compensation

For carpal tunnel to be covered under Maryland workers comp laws the condition must be caused by a occupational hazard or repetitive job task.  If the injured workers’ occupation does not lead to the condition then the disability benefits under Maryland law may not be attainable.  In order to meet this requirement there ordinarily must be a physician stating the condition is causally related to the occupation.  Even when a physician can affirmatively relate the carpal tunnel to the occupation the injured employee may not prevail at a hearing if the insurer decides to challenge the case.

There is of course the insurance company doctors opinion that will be used against the hurt worker.

Other factors are also considered when determining the viability of a carpal tunnel or other repetitive motion injury cases.  If the affected Maryland worker has a history of the condition this could prove to be a complicating factor.  While it is generally understood that someone can suffer from the condition more than once in their life, insurance companies will often argue that the condition is a pre-existing  and sometimes they are successful using this argument.  Workers comp will also argue that family history of the condition is a factor.  If the parent, siblings, aunts and uncles have had the same condition in the past then it will likely be argued that the condition is one of genetics and not caused by the work environment.  While the workers comp insurer will argue what ever facts they can to prove the condition is not related to work, the injured Maryland worker can still prevail if they meet their evidentiary burden.  

An experienced workers compensation attorney is the best option for any employee who has a repetitive motion injury as these cases are a bit more complicated than the ordinary work accident.   

Common occupations that lead to carpal tunnel or cubital tunnel that lead to workers compensation claims in Maryland

Cosmetologists often develop carpal tunnel syndrome after years in the occupation

Cosmetologists are required to use their hands  and wrists on a regular basis, often for hours at a time.  For eight or more hours a day a cosmetologist may be cutting, curling, blow drying, washing, combing and snipping.  All of these motions require the wrist, arm and hand to be used at extraordinary speed and awkward angles.  These repetitive motions often lead to carpal tunnel syndrome and occasionally cubital tunnel syndrome.  What is more, there is extensive literature available regarding this common condition.  Cosmetologists regularly are awarded workers compensation benefits in Maryland because carpal tunnel is generally understood as an occupational disease among them.   

Butchers and meat cutters develop carpal tunnel syndrome after years in the occupation

Butchers and Meat cutters are required to cut and slice meats on a daily basis using the same rhythmic movement over and over again.  Mimicking the cutting motion can provide some insight as to how there is a possibility for the carpal tunnel to eventually become affected.  These occupations require the workers to be in a temperature controlled climate for hours a day.

Assembly line workers develop cubital tunnel and carpal tunnel syndrome  

Assembly line workers are required to handle products in the same manner for often hours at a time.  An example are workers at a meat processing plant.  These workers are often at their posts for many hours a day inspecting and handling the same objects over and over.  This requires repetitive action of the same body parts which could potentially lead to injury.  

For a free consultation and help with your repetitive motion Maryland Workers Compensation Claim call  +1 (410) 937-1659     OR         Email

 

 

 

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