Trigger finger is a repetitive stress injury that can be caused by a repeated or forceful use of the finger or thumb. Trigger finger may also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, gout, diabetes, or any activity in which a person is required to maintain a firm grip for a long time. Trigger finger is often suffered by farmers, construction workers, industrial workers, and musicians since these jobs often require the repeated and constant use of finger and thumb movements.
Some of the most common symptoms of trigger finger are soreness at the base of the finger or thumb and a painful clicking when bending or straightening the finger. In some cases, the finger or thumb may lock into a bent or straight position as the condition worsens.
Trigger finger can be diagnosed after a doctor conducts a physical exam of the hand and fingers, without any x-rays or lab tests. Once a patient has been diagnosed with trigger finger, he or she is usually advised to rest the finger and thumb. A splint may also be used to keep the joint from moving. Pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can help ease the pain and discomfort associated with trigger finger. In some cases, if the condition does not improve, surgery may be required. Trigger finger recovery time varies depending on the severity of the condition and choice of treatment.
Oftentimes, trigger finger is the result of work-related activities. If this is the case, the injured employee is generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Worker’s compensation claims for trigger finger and other repetitive stress injuries are often more difficult to prove than other work-related injuries, however, because the injuries accumulate over time, rather than as a result of a single workplace accident. Depending on how the trigger finger condition developed, a person may be able to recover additional compensation or an insurance settlement by pursuing a third-party cause of action.
Regardless of how you developed trigger finger, it is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced Illinois worker’s compensation attorney, like those at Ankin Law Office, LLC. We can help you obtain the appropriate medical treatment and assemble the necessary documentation to support your worker’s compensation claim.
Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago trigger finger attorneys to learn more about how we can help you pursue a workers’ compensation claim for your trigger finger injury.