What To Do If You Have Developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome At Work

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an example of a workplace injury that develops over time, rather than through sudden trauma. Workers who are engaged in repetitive activities with their fingers, hands and wrists are at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition is a musculoskeletal disorder that can cause numbness and pain. In severe cases, doctors may recommend surgery to relief the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

From the report “Ergonomics, the Study of Work,” issued by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2000, here are some descriptions of carpal tunnel syndrome and its causes: “[It is] the compression and entrapment of the median nerve where it passes through the wrist into the hand—in the carpal tunnel….When irritated, tendons housed inside the narrow carpal tunnel swell and press against the nearby median nerve. The pressure causes tingling, numbness, or severe pain [and] results in a lack of strength in the hand….[The pressure] can damage the nerve, causing permanent loss of sensation and even partial paralysis. [This condition] develops in the hands and wrists from repetitive and forceful manual tasks.”

Work activities known to sometimes cause or contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Typing or keyboarding
  • Assembly work
  • Butchering meat
  • Sewing

MHK Attorneys, an established workers’ compensation law firm is a valuable resource for workers who have developed carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries. If your work involves repetitive hand and wrist motions, and if you have experienced the symptoms described above and/or received a doctor’s diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome, talk to a workers’ compensation lawyer at our firm about how to pursue the compensation you need for medical treatment, including surgery if your doctor recommends it. You may be eligible for short-term or long-term disability benefits for time off when you are unable to work because of the pain or numbness from your carpal tunnel syndrome, or while you recover from surgery.

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