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Workers suffering from carpal tunnel may seek workers' comp

There is no question that workplaces such as construction sites can be dangerous. It is possible that accidents occurring at these locations could result in worker being seriously injured. These are not the only locations in which workers might be hurt. Even those who work in offices could find that the tasks that they do as a part of their job leads to injuries. One injury that an office worker might face is carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tunnel located on the palm side of a person’s wrist, which protects a nerve that runs to the tendons that are used to bend the fingers of a person’s hand, is pinched. When that nerve is pinched it can result in multiple symptoms in a person’s hand including:

  • Tingling.
  • Numbness.
  • Pins and needles sensation.
  • Hand weakness.

It is not only office workers who suffer from these conditions. It is also commonly suffered by jack hammer operators, assembly line workers and cashiers.

While there are several ways to treat the condition, including the use of hand splints and stretching, when it gets really bad someone may have to have surgery to address the problem. This can lead to a long period of recovery. When this happens it is possible he or she will no longer be able to do his or her job.

In these situations, while recovering, it is possible that workers may not know how they will cover the costs of living that arise in conjunction with the recovery. Workers’ compensation may be available in these situations. To secure these benefits a claim must be filed. These claims are often denied which could prompt injured individuals to seek assistance from a workers’ compensation lawyer.

Source: Mayo Clinic, “Carpal tunnel syndrome,” Accessed Nov. 22, 2014

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