Performing hours of repetitive motions at work can lead to Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, a debilitating injury that can prevent you from working at your normal capacity. As a type of cumulative trauma, CTS is among the most common ailment suffered by employees.
Your wrist is a tight bundle of bones, tendons, ligaments, and nerves which are bound in the carpal tunnel. Repeated use of the hand, especially over a period of days, can result in swelling and inflammation in the tendons. This puts pressure on the median nerve which runs through the tunnel, causing numbness, sharp pain during movement of the wrist, and weakens in the hand.
Those suffering from CTS can experience the following:
- Tingling in the fingers
- Trouble holding and lifting items
- Chronic discomfort
- Incapacitation in the hand
Am I eligible for workers’ compensation benefits?
Repetitive stress-type injuries result not from one serious accident on the job, but are the result of years of performing the same motion over and over. Such injuries can be difficult to prove vis-à-vis their connection to your work. Employers and their insurance companies can try and counter that your injury was the result of something other than your job.
You need to consult with an experienced Anaheim workers’ compensation attorney if you have been suffering CTS symptoms. A skilled lawyer proficient in such types of cumulative trauma can argue that you were charged with performing repetitive tasks at work which gradually resulted in developing Carpel tunnel syndrome.
I have CTS—what should I do?
Carpel tunnel can be treated if done so properly. Taking frequent breaks while working to rest your hand is the best means of prevention and treatment. You should also try stretching your hand and wrist while at work, and to switch between tasks which require different types of manual labor so as not to overwork your hand.
If your employer failed to put protections in place to prevent workers from developing CTS, employees have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. If successful, these benefits could cover any doctor visits, prescription medication, and any wages lost due to symptoms of Carpel tunnel.
If you are experiencing CTS related to your job, call Robert Willyard today—(714) 237-1700.