Many people likely think of construction zones and industrial plants as the most common places for workers to get injured. But while office workers are at lower risk of suffering a brain injury or an amputation, tasks like typing, dialing a phone and other things people do all the time in an office do leave them vulnerable to repetitive motion injuries.
Among the most common type of workplace injuries is Carpal Tunnel syndrome. This condition involves compression of the Median nerve at the wrist due to pressure. The pressing on the nerve at the carpel tunnel at the wrist causes pain, numbness, tingling and trouble doing detailed work with your fingers.
These symptoms can make it difficult or even impossible for people who work in an office to do their work. One woman who had Carpal Tunnel for more than a decade said that her hands would frequently go numb, forcing her to stop working several times a day.
Since it tends to build up over time, the most common sufferers of Carpal Tunnel are in their 40s to 60s, though pregnant women are also vulnerable due to fluid buildup in their bodies. That version usually goes away after pregnancy, but for people who developed the condition on the job, surgery can be required. The operation is often simple, taking as little as 10 minutes.
Depending on the circumstances, someone living with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may qualify for workers’ compensation. Consulting with a workers’ compensation attorney is an important step in seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other costs due to the condition.
Source: WLFI-TV, “Could you be at risk for Carpal Tunnel?” Elisabeth Rentschler, Oct. 24, 2012