in Illinois Workers Comp
Cubital tunnel syndrome can happen when there is compression or irritation of the ulnar nerve as it passes through the cubital tunnel, which is located on the inside of the elbow.
Symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome can include pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected arm and hand - sometimes concentrated in the ring finger and pinky. These symptoms can worsen with activity.
Cubital tunnel syndrome can be caused by a variety of factors, such as repetitive elbow bending, prolonged pressure on the elbow, or a direct injury to the area. Treatment options may include conservative measures such as avoiding activities that aggravate the condition, wearing a splint or brace, or taking over-the-counter pain relievers. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve the pressure on the nerve.
When we talk about the value of a workers comp case in Illinois, we look at three different things - how much money you made in an average week before the injury, the part of the body that was hurt, and the nature and extent of the injury. This means how bad the injury was, whether you still have symptoms, whether it affects your ability to do your job, whether you had surgery, etc.
Most parts of the body are assigned a number of weeks. For example, if you had your hand amputated, you would be entitled to 60% of your average weekly wage for 205 weeks. Of course, no one would trade their hand for that amount of money. Workers comp is better than nothing, but it doesn't replace the value of what was lost or what you have had to go through.
Cubital tunnel injuries are considered part of an arm, so an injured worker would get a percentage of what the arm is worth, in other words, a percentage of 253 weeks at 60% of their average weekly wage.
One big key to these cases is to report symptoms and that you think those symptoms may be work-related. This can be difficult, as they tend to creep in slowly, and you may not even realize something is wrong immediately.