Scranton Wilkes Barre Work Injury Lawyers – Workers Compensation Question

Date: April 1, 2012

Question: I work 12 hour days as a carpenter’s assistant. I spend many hours lifting lumber, carrying supplies and hammering nails. I have noticed a feeling of pins and needles in my left arm. I am left handed and this really effects my work. What can I do to stop this? Do I have a claim?  A.F., Noxen, Pa.

Answer: A.F., in terms of a workers compensation/ work injury claim, if you haven’t done so already, report your symptoms to your boss or supervisor. Then get in to see a doctor. Ask the doctor to  make a diagnosis of your condition and ask the doctor if the condition is a result of your work activities. If the doctor beleives that you have an injury that is work-related, then you may have a valid workers compensation claim.  

Perhaps the biggest problem you are facing is that you’re probably using a right-handed hammer. YOU’RE LEFT-HANDED!!! Pick up a left-handed hammer as soon as possible and you should notice an immediate difference.

If you’ve suffered a work injury and have questions about your claim, contact me at or call (570) 347-1011 for a free consultation.

Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive.  Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column. 



Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.