The Effects of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The nature of the typical office workplace has changed dramatically over the course of recent decades. Personal computers – formerly too large and too expensive to be of much use to most businesses – have become a critical component of many occupational tasks. Moreover, there are entire industries that have been created as a direct consequence of the advancement of computing technology and its applications. Typing had previously been a specialized job task that was handled by a select few personnel, but now most positions require moderate to intensive typing.
While this shift to computer usage has enhanced the efficiency of many companies, it has also produced a significant escalation in typing-related injuries. The most notable among these is the repetitive strain injury carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs when the tissues in and around the carpal tunnel (part of the wrist) become inflamed and compress the medial nerve.
If you are suffering from work-related carpal tunnel syndrome, we can help you to pursue the workers’ compensation benefits that you are due. Contact the Fayetteville workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, P.L.L.C., at 910-488-1600 to speak directly with a committed and experienced attorney.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Part of the reason that carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive strain injuries are so problematic is that it is usually not until the damage has progressed significantly that an affected worker becomes aware of the issue. By that time it is often necessary to receive medical attention and perhaps even to undergo rehabilitative therapy.
Some common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Pain beginning at the wrist and radiating either upward through the arm or downward through the hand
- Reduced grip strength
- An artificial sense of weakness and increased propensity for dropping things
- Numbness or tingling sensations in the hand and/or fingers
You deserve just compensation for your occupational injury. Contact the Fayetteville workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, P.L.L.C., at 910-488-1600 to learn how we can help you.