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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Four Things You Should Know About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Today's post comes from guest author Rod Rehm from Rehm, Bennett of the Nebraska Bar.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, also known as CTS, is an uncomfortable and often painful wrist disorder. It is a common injury that can be caused by workplace stress. Here are four things you should know about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  1. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by repeated stress.
    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a Repetitive Stress Injury (RST). It occurs when the same action is repeated many times. When wrists are strained over and over again by actions like typing, the tendons in the wrist can become enlarged. Then the tendons can compress a nerve that runs through a passage in the wrist called the “carpal tunnel.”
  2. Even if your wrists don’t hurt badly, you could still have CTS.
    There are a whole range of symptoms associated with CTS, not just pain. Symptoms of CTS can include numbness or tingling pain in the hand, wrist, and forearm, impaired or lost nerve function, reduced muscle control, and reduced grip strength.
  3. You can receive workers’ compensation for CTS.
    According to Nebraska and Iowa law, workers can receive workers’ compensation from the onset of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This compensation includes 100% of all medical expenses that are reasonable and necessary to treat CTS, including both inpatient and outpatient care and prescriptions.
  4. You may be entitled to compensation for permanent damage due to CTS.
    If you experiencepartial or permanent loss of use of your hands or arms as the result of getting CTS at work, you may also be entitled to compensation for this loss. This is called Permanent Partial Disability Compensation, or PPD.
If you think you may have CTS, talk to a doctor and lawyer you trust. You don’t have to suffer silently.


Read more about "carpal Tunnel" and workers' compensation:

May 06, 2011
A NJ Court of Appeals has affirmed a decision awarding total disability workers' compensation benefits to an injured worker who suffers from bilateral carpal tunnel injuries. The 61 year old punch press operator was deemed ...
Nov 16, 2012
Adopt the new carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) medical treatment guidelines (MTG) as the standard of care for the treatment of injured workers with carpal tunnel syndrome;; Modify current MTGs to include new maintenance ...
Jan 12, 2013
Adopt the new carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) medical treatment guidelines (MTG) as the standard of care for the treatment of injured workers with carpal tunnel syndrome;; Modify current MTGs to include new maintenance .