Does My Carpal Tunnel Qualify Me for Veterans Disability Benefits?

If you’re a veteran with carpal tunnel, you may be entitled to veterans disability benefits. Carpal tunnel is a condition that causes pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hands and arms, and it affects veterans all over the countrymany of whom don’t even realize they have it. Even worse, some people’s carpal tunnel is so severe that it limits their ability to work. If you are a veteran who has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel or who suffers from any of the symptoms described above, you may be entitled to financial compensation. After reviewing the information below, please contact our Michigan veterans benefits attorneys as soon as possible to determine your eligibility for veterans disability benefits. 

How is carpal tunnel treated?

There are several treatment options for carpal tunnel, including:

  • Wrist splints or braces
  • The avoidance of certain activities
  • Physical and/or Occupational therapy
  • Surgery   

What causes carpal tunnel?

Carpal tunnel is usually caused by a combination of factors, including:

  • Heredity 
  • Hand and wrist position
  • Repetitive movement
  • Health conditions 
  • Pregnancy-related

Establishing a service connection for carpal tunnel

In order to receive veterans disability benefits for carpal tunnel, you must prove that your condition is a result of your service. The VA calls this a “service connection.” To establish a service connection, you must demonstrate the following:

  • A diagnosis of carpal tunnel,
  • A link between your condition and an event, injury, or illness suffered during your time in service, and
  • A medical opinion that your condition is “at least likely as not” caused by or a result of your military service.

If you are a veteran, you may be entitled to benefits for your carpal tunnel 

The symptoms of carpal tunnel can limit or prevent your ability to hold a job. Carpal tunnel often affects dexterity and the ability to grasp, making even common office tasks difficult to perform.  And carpal tunnel’s effect on the ability to lift heavy objects can certainly preclude an ability to work manual labor jobs. For VA compensation purposes, you do not have to show that your condition precludes your ability to work although that may be the case. If you are a veteran with a diagnosis of carpal tunnel that you believe was a result of your time in service, you may be entitled to veterans disability benefits. If you would like to apply for veterans disability benefits, the first thing you should do is contact an experienced veterans benefits attorney to begin the process. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys will help you understand the requirements for service-connection as well as how to best strategize your claim from the start or on appeal. 

Apply for benefits today 

If you are a veteran who suffers from carpal tunnel, the Michigan veterans benefits attorneys of Disability Law Group want to help you obtain the benefits that you deserve. At Disability Law Group, we appreciate and respect your service to our country, and we are committed to walking you through each step of the veterans disability benefits process. If you are a veteran who suffers from carpal tunnel, contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation. Remember, at Disability Law Group, disability is all we do.