Lawyers for a Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injury
The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC), which is located on the same side of the wrist as the little finger, stabilizes the wrist bones so that you can rotate and move the wrist freely. It is made up of ligaments that connect bones and cartilage that provides cushioning and lubrication between the bones. The ligaments and cartilage of the TFCC are prone to tearing. A minor TFCC injury would be a wrist sprain, but a TFCC injury can be more serious and treatment can be challenging due to poor blood flow to the region, resulting in inadequate healing.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical treatment: Pain when turning the palm of your hand upward, such as when opening a door; weakness in the wrist; instability in the wrist; a popping or popping sound in your wrists.
Your doctor will likely take X-rays, an MRI, or an MRI with an injected dye to diagnose it (called an arthrogram). If your doctor cannot diagnose it based on the results of these tests, you may need to undergo a surgical procedure in which a mini camera is inserted to check for tears in the ligaments or cartilage (called arthroscopy).
Your TFCC injury can be attributed to your job. Examples of work-related TFCC injuries include:
– A worker who slips, falls and lands with his hand extended.
– A worker using a bit that jams, causing the wrist to rotate forcefully.
– Degeneration over time due to repetitive tasks, such as continuously turning and pulling an item on an assembly line.
In Illinois, if your TFCC injury was caused, aggravated, or accelerated by your work, then you are entitled to benefits under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law. This means that regardless of a pre-existing condition, if your injury is related in any way to your work activities, you should be able to get workers’ compensation benefits.
Therefore, the costs of your treatment should be covered or at least supplemented by workers’ compensation if you were injured due to your work. Treatment will usually include wearing a brace or bandage to keep the wrist immobile, as well as anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Motrin) or even prescription pain relievers. Other methods of relieving pain and inflammation include applying ice and cortisone injections.
If none of the above works to alleviate your symptoms, your doctor may recommend arthroscopic surgery, using the same diagnostic method described above, but where the tears in the cartilage are debrided (which is smoothing and shaving).
If your TFCC injury is work-related, you should hire a workers’ compensation attorney to make sure you get all the benefits to which you are entitled. If you are concerned about the cost of an attorney, keep in mind that your attorney must work contingently. This means that you pay nothing, unless you get something. All fees, costs and expenses will come from the amount you recover and should only be a percentage of that total amount. But if you get nothing, you owe nothing.
A work-related injury can cause a lot of stress, both physical and mental. You shouldn’t have to suffer the expense as well. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney will help you through the process and make sure you get the maximum benefits. Consider your legal rights and call a highly experienced workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible.
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