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Carpal tunnel syndrome can be an occupational injury

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an injury that many Staten Island area residents have heard about. It can be a debilitating injury that affects a person for many years. Many times, those who suffer from carpal tunnel acquired the injury while on the job. A worker who has carpal tunnel syndrome may qualify for workers’ compensation.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the median nerve, which runs from the shoulder to the muscles of the hand, is compressed. When the median nerve is compressed, a person can suffer from carpal tunnel symptoms. These may include:

  • Hand and fingers numb or tingling
  • Forearm pain
  • Thumb pain
  • Sore wrists
  • Clumsiness in hand

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with therapy or a hand splint but sometimes needs surgery. Many times carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of a person’s occupation. There are many Staten Island residents that have a job that puts them at risk of carpal tunnel. These jobs include:

  • Computer/date entry workers
  • Factory assembly line workers
  • Professional drivers
  • Chefs
  • Musicians

Workers who are affected by carpal tunnel have the legal right to file a workers’ compensation claim. A legal professional who is skilled in workers’ compensation can help their client through the process and represent their interests. An injured worker is entitled to medical expenses and lost wages. The workers’ compensation process begins when an employee first notifies their employer that they have been injured. Because carpal tunnel can take months to recover from it is important to submit a workers’ compensation claim at the first indication that something is wrong.

 

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