Carpal tunnel syndrome is a kind of repetitive stress injury occurring in the median nerve of the hand/wrist/forearm. The median nerve in the hand runs from the palm through the carpal tunnel in the wrist and connects to the forearm. When this nerve is compressed by any of the nine long flexor tendons, the carpel tunnel will either swell or start to degenerate. This can be extremely painful. Patients who suffer from this condition experiencing tingling, burning and itching in the hand and fingers for extended periods of time.
Workers who use their hands on a regular basis in order to do their jobs are at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Those who work in assembly lines, or use a computer frequently during the workday are particularly at risk.
Medical professionals say that it is difficult to pinpoint any one single preventative measure that can save someone from developing carpal tunnel syndrome, but there are a number of things that workers can do to make it less likely that they will.
If you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome because of the work you do on the job, you may be able to receive Workers’ Compensation to help pay for your medical bills. To qualify, though, you must be able to prove that the injuries you suffered were caused because of your job duties. This requires that you provide documentation from your medical provider that says you actually have the injury and that the injury is work-related.
Navigating the complicated legal system on your own — especially when your health is an issue — can be difficult. If you need help collecting on a Worker’s Compensation claim, contact us online or call 215-512-1500 to speak with a qualified Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation attorney for assistance.