An injury at the office can drastically alter an employee’s health and quality of life. While accidents often result in more dangerous and life-threatening types of sudden injury, the majority of work injuries and workers' compensation cases that occur result from repetitive actions.
Repetitive motions often lead to injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome—the most common injury affecting employees in the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To further examine the evidence of such claims and statistics, click HERE.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
People who experience carpal tunnel syndrome experience pain caused by a compression or pinching of the median nerve in the wrist by repetitive actions.
Some symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Numbness or pain in the thumb, forefinger, and middle finger
- Pain in arm, hand, or elbow
What Causes Repetitive Stress Injuries?
Carpal tunnel syndrome, an injury associated with pain, tension, and discomfort in the wrist and forearm befalls an individual in the workplace who performs the same recurring tasks daily. Office typists, assembly line workers using hand tools, and even checkers in the grocery store are likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome in their work environment.
Many events that include repetitive motions include, but are not limited to:
- Repetitive positions
- Bending and lifting
- Working machinery continuously
- Working with the same hand tools
Filing Workers' Comp for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Employees who have been granted workers' compensation in California due to a carpal tunnel injury often receive the longest period of recovery time. Employers may cover medical costs, disability, and provide temporary wages during the worker’s recovery time. If located in California, our workers' compensation attorneys in Orange County and San Bernardino city and county can offer legal advice and seek workers' compensation for their clients. For more information regarding repetitive injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, click HERE.
Can Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Be Treated?
It is easiest to begin treating carpal tunnel syndrome when the symptoms first occur. Many physicians recommend icing the wrist, hand, or forearm, performing daily arm stretches, and wearing a splint or a brace to help prevent a worsening of symptoms and to help reduce inflammation and swelling. However, if symptoms worsen, steroid injections or even surgery may be required to help alleviate the pain and discomfort from carpal tunnel syndrome.
For workers' compensation, disability claims, or legal advice, please feel free to contact Alvandi Law Group at (800) 980-6905 to help with individual cases and claims. Our team of professional attorneys devotes our attention and resources to help.