Workplace injuries and conditions in California were once considered limited to obvious issues such as broken bones, cuts, head injuries, spinal cord damage and more that were clear to the eye. However, certain jobs carry with them inherent risks that people are fundamentally unaware of until they are experiencing them. Repetitive stress conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome fall into this category. Carpal tunnel can be debilitating, especially for those who work with their hands. Keeping track of research and information related to carpal tunnel can be helpful to those who might have it and are filing workers’ compensation claims because of it.
Carpal tunnel stems from the median nerve becoming compressed. The person will feel weak, numb, have tingling or pain in the hand and wrist area. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a report regarding carpal tunnel syndrome. The goal was to look for trends and find which workers were at highest risk for developing it. The report looked at the number of claims related to carpal tunnel in industries from 2007 through 2014 and in occupations for 2014. It then calculated how frequently it occurs.
Those who are most vulnerable to it are people who work in jobs where they are making repetitive and forceful movements. It can also happen with people who are working in jobs with significant vibration or use their wrists and hands in an awkward position. Women are more vulnerable to carpal tunnel than men with more than 8 percent for every 10,000 full-time equivalent workers getting it compared to 2.5 percent of men in that same group. Those who work in the apparel manufacturing industry, are involved in food processing, and are administrators are most vulnerable to carpal tunnel.
Employers are entreated to implement safety procedures and try to prevent carpal tunnel from happening. For many, this will be too little, too late. Carpal tunnel can be a major hindrance to doing a job and leave people in need of medical care and therapy to try and improve. Some employers and insurers might dispute whether a worker has carpal tunnel or that it is severe enough that they cannot work. A law firm that understands how to get workers’ compensation approved should be contacted when it is a repetitive stress injury. This is critical to a case.