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Office workers may need legal help with work comp claims

As a previous post on this blog reported recently, those who work in San Diego's offices or in other white-collar environments can find themselves suffering from work-related injuries just as easily as can a Californian who works in construction or at a factory.

While these injuries can be debilitating, an injured office worker may feel that he or she is constantly having to prove that the injury is serious, perhaps because he or she does not work in what is traditionally considered a dangerous environment.

For example, an office worker can develop a condition called carpal tunnel syndrome by repeating over and over even what seem like mundane activities, such as typing. Unfortunately, this painful condition can lead to serious nerve damage to one's wrists. This type of damage requires surgery to correct, but many people might still be tempted not this condition as seriously as they should.

The reality is that, even after treatment, many people are simply not able to come back to work, at least not in their former occupations. Their hands may feel so weak or tingly that they just cannot use them effectively.

The good news for those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome is that, even though an employee can take steps to prevent it, workers' compensation is a no-fault system. An employee that may have not known how to head off the condition or who may have not fully appreciated the need to do so can still get benefits.

Nevertheless, it is not uncommon for an employer or the employer's insurance company either to deny a claim or try to minimize the extent of the worker's condition. In these sorts of situations, our law office would stand by our clients in many important ways. We would, for instance, explore appealing a claim denial or an unfavorable decision about how much compensation a person was going to get. At a minimum, we can advocate for additional medical testing and provide evidence of an employee's injuries.

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