Carpal tunnel syndrome is due mainly to compression of the median nerve in the wrist area. This nerve runs from the forearm to the hand and the syndrome’s symptoms usually start gradually with weakness or numbness in the hand, but can worsen into constant tingling and decreased grip strength. As it progresses, it becomes hard to form a fist, pick up small objects and perform some manual tasks and can sometimes require surgery to repair the damage. Although carpal tunnel syndrome can occur in other ways, when it happens in the workplace, it is classified as a cumulative trauma disorder. The U.S. Department of Labor states that carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as other cumulative trauma disorders, causes 48 percent of all industrial workplace illnesses. The problem affects more than five million Americans.
Although carpal tunnel syndrome is considered by some to be a congenital condition, the small repetitive movements, forceful gripping or exposure to vibration required in many workplace tasks enhance the risk of developing it. Assembly line work, typing, computer work, use of power tools can all contribute to CTS. In order to present a strong case, several factors must be present. You must be able to show that the job is repetitive enough to cause the injury and that you have been doing it long enough. Of course, you must have a confirmed diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. If you think your injury may meet these requirements, feel free to contact us online. We will be happy to review your case and answer your questions. If it appears that you have claim, our attorneys have the experience and resources to help you get the help you need.