What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or CTS, is a very common work related injury that should be covered by Mississippi Workers’ Compensation insurance. CTS can be a painful and debilitating condition caused when the nerves running from the arm into the hand get pinched due to swelling or trauma. CTS is common with data entry workers and assembly line workers, as in chicken plant workers or car manufacturers. It is a condition that most often develops over time and may be considered a cumulative injury. Symptoms may be tingling of the fingers, numbness in the hand, pain, and loss of hand strength.
Your doctor will likely order a nerve conduction study to help diagnose the problem. He may prescribe physical therapy, medications, or ultimately surgery. The goal of our Workers’ Compensation Laws is to get injured workers well so they can return to gainful employment. However, CTS can cause a worker not to be able to perform the regular duties of his or her job. Make sure your attorney gets you adequate compensation if this is the case.
Watch this video to learn more about Carpal Tunnel injuries in a Workers’ Comp Claim:
How to Prove CTS is Work Related
First, if you start to experience any symptoms of pain, always report the issue to your supervisor and make sure they make a record of your complaint. Even if you feel like you can keep working and the pain is minor, report it. It is important to have a clear history of reports of pain. If you go to a doctor for treatment, make sure you are open and honest about what your job duties are and when the pain began. Even if you had similar pain before starting your current job, it may be compensable as an exacerbated, preexisting injury. Make sure your doctor includes the history you provide in his notes. As with all workers’ compensation cases, the medical records are extremely important to the outcome of your case.
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