Does “Occupational” Disease Cover Orthopedic and Neurological Conditions Such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Degenerative Joint, or Disc Disease?

Almost any medical condition can be considered compensable under the workers’ compensation law, if it is determined by a Judge of Compensation that your work exposure was a material contributing factor to either the “causation, aggravation, acceleration or exacerbation” of the medical condition in question. For example, if a jackhammer operator, carpenter, secretary, casino dealer, cocktail server, food server, etc. repetitively flexes/extends his/her wrist as part of his/her routine occupational duties, the development of carpal tunnel syndrome may very well be a compensable condition depending upon the proofs.

If a construction laborer, warehouse person, delivery person, housekeeper, nurse, stocker, driver, or other worker routinely lifts, bends, flexes, exerts, and rotates his or her spine and develops a herniated disc or degenerative spine pain, the condition can also be considered compensable, depending upon the proof.

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Since these types of cases are often complex, we strongly recommend that you speak with a qualified workers’ compensation attorney regarding your claim.  For a free and confidential consultation with one of our workers’ compensation attorneys, call us at 888-675-7607 or complete our online form.

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