Job-Related Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Each year, thousands of Georgia workers are diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. It is typically related to repetitive tasks, such as those performed by line workers at automobile manufacturers, data entry workers, clerical workers, and other machine operators.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common nerve entrapment syndrome. The symptoms include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling sensations
  • Pain

As the symptoms become more severe, there may be no feeling in the tips of the fingers. The muscular ball of the thumb also develops weakness and, if the problem is not corrected, paralysis of these muscles may ensue.

Women are more prone to have symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome than are men. This is partly accounted for by the fact that the tunnel is usually relatively smaller in women than in men. Pregnancy with its accompanying tissue fluid retention is often the cause of the syndrome. A mass or bleeding in the space may also cause the symptoms.

Obesity can make both women and men more susceptible to developing carpal tunnel syndrome. However, the most common perception of carpal tunnel syndrome is that it is caused by a person’s work.

Because it is disabling for many people in various occupations, workers’ compensation is often sought. Insurance companies are quick to inaccurately judge many injured workers and conclude that the symptoms are mimicked or intentionally overstated during physical examination and this naturally leads to litigation in the workers’ compensation arena. This has often made the carpal tunnel syndrome the focal point of contentious debate.

McAleer Law can guide you through the complexities of dealing with such a devastating injury, explain what workers’ compensation benefits you may be entitled to, and help you understand under what circumstances you may be returned to work.

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