Why Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Is No Laughing Matter

BY: Koszdin | Friday, December 8, 2017.

We live in a digital world where just about anything can be done with the touch of a button. If it seems like computers run our lives, you are not imaging things. Whether it is for business or for pleasure, we constantly rely on computers and digital devices to help get us through the day. But when it comes to our jobs, it is almost impossible to get anything done without using computers. If you are like most workers in Southern California, there’s a good chance you are using a computer keyboard on a daily basis. One of the most common injuries in the workplace is carpal tunnel syndrome.

The Rise of Repetitive Stress Injuries

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by the constant compression of the median nerve and the tendons that run from a person’s forearm through a small space in your wrists known as the carpal tunnel. The median nerve controls feeling in the thumb and the first three fingers of each hand. But when a person experiences CTS, they start to feel a sensation of numbness, tingling and weakness. The most common causes include:

  • Typing
  • Using a cash register
  • Pushing, pressing or slicing objects without a sufficient break or rest

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common forms of repetitive stress injuries. For workers who are constantly chained to their desks with a keyboard and mouse, it can be a never-ending nightmare. More and more workers throughout Southern California are unable to perform their jobs due to CTS. With more people relying on computers to do their jobs, it can bring devastating consequences. Many employees are forced to seek treatment or seek expensive physical therapy to correct the problem. CTS also results in missed work. Although workers cannot bring a lawsuit against the employers for CTS, they may be entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim.

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

If you are suffering from work-related carpal tunnel syndrome, you may be entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation is designed to provide financial assistance to those who suffer work-related injuries that prevent an employee from performing their job. However, there are certain requirements to file a claim. First, you must prove the injury is work-related. For example, the injury must occur while performing regular job duties. However, if you suffer from a previous condition, such as arthritis or the injury was caused by performing a different job at another location, your employer can dispute the claim.

There is also some debate whether carpal tunnel syndrome should be classified as an accident or an occupational disease. Not all states interpret carpal tunnel syndrome the same. Some states classify CTS as an accident. In these instances, the injured worker must show the injury was caused suddenly or violently. If you live in a state that classifies CTS as an “occupational disease”, the injured party must prove they suffered greater exposure to the disease than the average person.

Have You Been Forced To Miss Work Due to a Repetitive Stress Injury? The Van Nuys Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry Can Help

Carpal tunnel syndrome may seem funny to some people. But it is no laughing matter when you are unable to work due to your injury. If your employer fails to provide adequate workers’ compensation benefits, it is vital to seek representation from a team of experienced legal professionals. Over the years, the Van Nuys workers’ compensation attorneys at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry have utilized an aggressive and comprehensive approach to help injured workers receive the settlement they deserve. It is part of their complete commitment to place each client in the best position to succeed. To learn more, contact us today and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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