According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, more than 15 million people suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) today. That is a huge number. The pain from this condition can be debilitating and can inhibit one’s ability to maintain a living or enjoy life as it may worsen considerably over time.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) describe CTS as occurring when carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which controls movement in the thumb and first three fingers and running from the forearm into the hand, is pressed or squeezed at the wrist. This pressure on the nerve tunnel reduces the canal’s size, this irritating the nerve.
While this condition can be precipitated by disease or pregnancy, repetitive motion of the hand or wrist is most often the cause.
For many jobs, repetitive motion is a common element of a worker’s duties. Some of the most common jobs that involve repetitive motion include:
- typing or data entry
- assembly line work
- playing musical instruments
Other causes may include wrist trauma like what might be suffered in a car accident.
Symptoms of CTS may run anywhere from numbness or pain in the hand to loss of hand control to arm or shoulder pain.
Under certain circumstances, personal injury claims may be filed to compensate for damages suffered in accidents resulting in CTS. Workers may be able to file a workers compensation claim with their employer if the CTS is indeed work related. In both the case of personal injury claim and workers compensation, it is necessary for you (and or your physician) to prove the cause of your condition.
That is the real difficulty in recovering damages in these cases. It is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney or workers comp attorney (in the case of a workplace injury) like those at Bizzieri Law Offices. We can help you document your injuries and treatment and develop your case to prove the source of your pain, recover damages and get your life back to normal.
If you have any questions about filing a personal injury claim or a workers compensation claim, please call us at 773.881.9000. We fight for the compensation you deserve and help to get you back to a place of normalcy.