As long as it happened in the course of performing your work duties, workers’ compensation will cover any work-related injury. Repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome are sneaky in that they may occur over time, leaving the patient wondering what is going on. It might take some time for those suffering such injuries to connect them to the work environment.
Some additional information about carpal tunnel syndrome includes the following.
Symptoms: The signs of carpal tunnel syndrome, and likely other repetitive motion injuries, may vary. Common symptoms include weakness in the hands, numbness and/or tingling in the fingers, hands or arms. Sensations of numbness can become permanent in some cases.
Causes: Like other injuries covered by workers’ compensation, carpal tunnel syndrome has many causes. What these causes have in common is that they result in pressure on the nerve that runs from the forearm through the wrist. Sometimes, repetitive motion injuries occur due to factors unique to each individual, but other times, the patient’s work may lead to these injuries.
Work factors: Examples of jobs in which workers have a risk of developing repetitive motion injuries include office careers, jobs that involve the frequent use of vibrating tools and some assembly line jobs.
If there is one thing workers’ compensation attorneys like to tell their clients about carpal tunnel syndrome and similar injuries it is this: There is little science to support computer use as a causal or aggravating factor. As such, there exists a possibility that workers’ compensation insurance providers may deny your claim. It is important not to give up if this happens to you. Advice from a Massachusetts attorney may aid in overcoming a denial and receiving the injury benefits you deserve.
Source: Mayo Clinic, “Carpal tunnel syndrome,” accessed Feb. 13, 2018