If you have been diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Double Crush Syndrome following a car accident, you need an attorney who understands these medical conditions and how they can impact your chances of recovery.
I am Beaverton Carpal Tunnel Syndrome lawyer Shelley L. Fuller, and I have found that many of my clients who have been injured in a car or motorcycle accident are experiencing symptoms related to these conditions, but they are having problems finding an appropriate medical provider. Without knowing your rights, you may not get the treatment you need as a result.
Understanding the Connection Between Car Accidents and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
For many people, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is associated with jobs or activities involving repetitive hand motions such as typing, sewing, writing, driving or even the way that a person holds a book or a newspaper. When the tendons or ligaments in the wrist are used repeatedly in the same manner, the tissue can become enlarged from the inflammation and overuse. What is less commonly known is that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can also occur after serious car accidents.
In accidents where a driver is hit head on or from behind, it is likely that the forces at play during the accident involve a driver who forcefully grips the steering wheel or a passenger who places their hands out in front of them to brace themselves from the dashboard impact. In these accident cases, the hand and wrist tendons or ligaments can be hyper-extended or stretched, leading to chronic inflammation and pressure on the nerves.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can vary from person to person, but symptoms generally include:
- Numbness (periodic or constant) in one or both hands
- Burning and/or tingling numbness in the thumb, index and middle fingers
- Difficultly making a fist
- Frequently dropping hand-held items
- Problems holding a pencil
These symptoms can take time to develop and not everyone who has Carpal Tunnel Syndrome will have the same issues. In cases involving accident injuries from a car or truck accident, the diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be delayed for weeks or months after the collision. It is important to work with an attorney who understands these injuries and can advocate on your behalf even in cases where the accident reports or emergency room notes do not indicate a hand injury.
Wilsonville and Portland Double Crush Syndrome Attorney
If your accident caused injury or trauma to your neck, you may be experiencing symptoms similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but you may be given a diagnosis of "Double Crush Syndrome." These injuries can be the result of a motor vehicle accident, a slip-and-fall event or bicycle accident. It can take a significant amount of time between the onset of symptoms and a diagnosis. Again, this is why it is important to work with an attorney who understands your issues and can help direct you to an experienced medical provider who can treat your injuries and develop a medical treatment plan.
I will work with you to review your medical and legal issues to help you recover from your injuries. I will carefully review your medical records to help rule out any conditions or symptoms prior to the accident. I can also work with experts to investigate the accident reports and provide opinions on how the accident impacted your wrist, hand and arm.
I will do everything I can legally to make sure that you get the treatment you need.
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