According to the Mayo Clinic, the carpal tunnel is a narrow channel in the wrist that is surrounded by bones and ligaments. It is found on the palm side of your hand. A nerve called the median nerve that runs from your forearm through the wrist provides the inside part of your hand with sensation. This nerve also transmits nerve signals to the muscles near the base of your thumb. If the median nerve is squeezed or irritated in any way in the carpal tunnel space, this can cause carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you need a Miami carpal tunnel syndrome caused by slip and fall lawyer, call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine. Our team can be reached at 1-800-747-3733. We may be able to help you determine the value of the damages you suffered because of your accident and help you file for any compensation that the law entitles you to. A four-year statute of limitations applies to personal injury cases in Miami Florida Statutes § 95.11, so do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible after suffering an accident.
Causes and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
In many cases, there is no single cause of carpal tunnel syndrome in a patient. A number of different risk factors can contribute to the development of the condition. Anything that disrupts the function of the median nerve can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. It is often identified by numbness, aching, tingling, and/or weakness in the affected hand or arm. For example, inflammation around the wrist can squeeze the median nerve, as can a slip and fall that causes the bones in the wrist to pinch the nerve.
Depending on the severity of your case, you may experience pain, tingling, or a feeling like an electric shock in the thumb and index, middle, or ring fingers of your affected hand, but not in your little finger. These feelings can prevent you from, for example, gripping a steering wheel correctly, picking up your phone, holding a pen, or typing on a keyboard, and these feelings can be strong enough to wake you from sleep.
Slips and falls can also cause carpal tunnel syndrome. If you slip and break your fall with your hand or grab something while you fall and hurt your wrist, you can damage your median nerve. While breaking your fall with your wrist may seem like a less-serious injury than, for example, breaking your hip, injuring your pelvis, or suffering a more severe injury such as a head or brain injury, carpal tunnel injuries can still cause a great deal of pain and can take weeks or months to recover from.
If you suffered a carpal tunnel injury in a slip and fall, call 1-800-747-3733 today for your free consultation with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine.
Seeking compensation with a Miami carpal tunnel syndrome caused by slip and fall lawyer may require you to:
- Understand how and why the slip and fall accident in which you were injured occurred
- Identify the at-fault party responsible for causing your accident
- Gather proof to show that the actions of the at-fault party caused your accident
- Show that you suffered damages—physical, financial, or otherwise—because of your slip and fall
- Understand the insurance policies that apply to your case
- File a claim within the statute of limitations
You can only seek compensation from an at-fault party if you can prove that that party owed you a duty of care and that, because of that party’s negligence, incompetence, or recklessness, you suffered an accident. Furthermore, you must show that you suffered quantifiable losses in your accident.
There are many parties you may be able to sue for a slip and fall accident depending on how and where the accident in question occurred.
For example, a nursing home resident may be able to hold nursing home staff, a nursing home administrator, or a nursing home itself liable for carpal tunnel injuries if it can be shown that the actions of a staff member, an administrator, or the nursing home did not meet the standard of care required in nursing homes.
Similarly, an employee may be able to seek compensation from his or her employer if it can be shown that employer negligence or the employer’s failure to meet workplace safety standards caused a slip and fall accident that led to carpal tunnel syndrome. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a lack of various forms of fall protection as a leading cause of workplace death and injury in the United States.
Depending on where you slipped and fell, you must determine who was responsible for your accident and then file a claim based on whatever insurance policies apply to your case.
Insurance and Claims
To file a personal injury claim for carpal tunnel syndrome caused by a slip and fall, you must first estimate your losses and damages and then determine whose insurance—and which policies—apply to your case.
For example, a fall from a faulty ladder is usually a case of product liability, whereas a workplace slip and fall will likely involve some form of workers’ compensation. Falls that occur in public or private spaces, premises where business is conducted, or in schools, recreational areas, and similar spaces will likely involve some form of premises liability. For such cases, you may be able to hold the owner or operator of a public, private, or business property or a service team liable for your injuries.
If you slipped and fell in someone’s home, you may be able to seek compensation from that person’s home insurance policy. The amount you can seek in compensation depends on the total value of your losses, the nature and extent of your injuries, and the policy limits of the at-fault party.
Let Us Help You File a Claim
You may wish to seek the assistance of a Miami carpal tunnel syndrome caused by slip and fall lawyer. Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to learn more. Simply call 1-800-747-3733 for a free case evaluation. We will walk you through what you need to know about your case and can help you gather evidence, evaluate your damages, and file a claim if you have the legal grounds to do so.
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