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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment Options

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Feb 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Florida trial lawyer and chiropractic physician talks about the treatment options available to folks who develop carpal tunnel syndrome after an accident.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (median nerve neuropathy) is a problem that can develop after a car accident or slip and fall.  The mechanism of injury is usually direct injury to the wrist whether it is landing on an outstretched arm to brace a fall or up against the dash-board in a crash.  The symptoms can range from pain in the wrist to loss of function in the hand.  For some people, the condition can be so debilitating that they are unable to sleep, type, open a door, carry a carton of milk, or button a shirt.  Once carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed, there are a number of treatment options available to the patient.

Treatment Options Available to Carpal Tunnel Patients

As with all medical treatment, it best to start out conservatively and step up to more aggressive treatment if the condition does not resolve.

The first line of treatment can consist of rest, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS), and physical therapy.  If there is some inflammation at the median nerve, this form of treatment may be helpful.

The second line of treatment is a steroid (cortisone) injection in the area of the carpal tunnel.  The theory behind this treatment is that the strong anti-inflammatory effects of the steroid will knock out the inflammation around the nerve and the symptoms will resolve.

If there is entrapment of the median nerve and the patient is losing sensory or motor function, the final option will consist of release of the carpal tunnel.  This is a surgical procedure.  Carpal tunnel surgery of today is not the same as yesterday.  Now, the procedure is done in an outpatient facility or surgical facility in the doctor's office through a laparoscope.  There is no significant scarring and the post-op period is pretty short.

The Settlement Value of a Carpal Tunnel Case

It is difficult to discuss value of a carpal tunnel accident case without knowing the specifics and every case is different depending on the extent of injury, loss of work and outcome of the surgical procedure.  In my experience, insurance companies will generally offer somewhere between $25,000 -$50,000 in these cases.  However, this settlement range will be adjusted upward or downward depending on the individual factors involved in the specific case including the facts of the accident, the amount of the medical bills, lost wages and the client's response to treatment.  For instance, a surgeon who develops carpal tunnel syndrome after an accident and loses her ability to perform surgery will have a much higher settlement value than a lawyer who can dictate their work.

If you have any questions about carpal tunnel syndrome following an accident, give me a call at (352) 267-9168 and I would be more than happy to discuss the matter with you.

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Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+


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