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Workers’ Compensation and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Date: November 23, 2015

Getting Workers’ Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Did you know that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is becoming a more common injury due to a growing requirement of computer use in the workplace? In the last decade, the number of workers’ compensation claims has increased due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in workers across all industries. In the United States alone, about 1 in 20 workers will suffer from some form of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which will cause pain and surgery so that work will become impossible. It is estimated by OSHA that each year Carpal Tunnel Syndrome costs on average $30,000 per incidence in loss of work time and medical costs.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is injury to the soft tissues and tendons near the wrist due to repetitive motions and stress in the workplace. This injury causes swelling, which pinches the nerves in the carpal tunnel passage of the wrist. Over time, an individual who has CTS may experience bouts of significant discomfort, numbness, tingling and loss of grip in the hand, wrist, and arm. Women suffer from CTS three times as much as men, due to the more delicate form of the female wrist.

While CTS is thought of to occur only in workers who work with hands, it can also occur with those who must carry out the same tasks daily. These tasks can be assembly, material handling, telephone use, typing at a computer, or even routine cleaning. Anyone can get CTS and it can cause a lot of pain and disfigurement if left untreated.

The issue with filing workers’ compensation claims for CTS is that employers will often try to shift responsibility for this progressive syndrome onto employees, rather than making ergonomic changes to the work environment to prevent it. However, if you have developed CTS as a result of the work you do, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to get treatment and paid time off from work to recover.

Find Workers Compensation Help for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The most effective way to get help when filing workers’ compensation claims for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is to talk with a lawyer experienced in defending employees with this disorder. Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC. has worked with hundreds of clients who have successfully fought for medical treatment and compensation as a result of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome injury on the job. We have the expertise and resources you need to get you the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.

Get in touch with our workers’ compensation attorneys to help you get the benefits you need.  Call us at 803-799-7900, or email law@bernsteinandbernstein.com.