Often when we think of significant injuries, we think of major bones being broken or big muscle groups being damaged beyond healing. But in the case of workplace injuries, even the tiniest areas in the body can have a devastating effect on a person’s life. Like the thorn in the lion’s paw, “carpal tunnel syndrome” sends thousands of people home each year. Leaving them unable to earn a living as before.
Located in the wrist, this little nerve passageway is easily damaged when your job includes repetitive motions like mousing or typing on a keyboard. It is a little difficult to imagine typing, a job task that is usually associated with low stress on the body; being harmful on the body. The fact is that If you type 40 words a minute, you’re up to 12,000 key presses an hour. Each keystroke exerts about 8 ounces of force and when paired with a typical 8 hour work day, that repetitive activity will amount to 16 tons of force per day.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when your median nerve is compressed at the wrist. In other words, when your wrist is used consistently in motions like twisting or bending. Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome development include tingling, numbness in the area, chronic pain, or a burning or shocking sensation in the wrist and middle fingers. Many clients report that they wake from sleep to hurting hands, and that they have to shake their hands to “get feeling back into them”.
When Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is reported to a doctor, a full assessment will be made to determine the correct path to recovery. This includes going through your medical history, a thorough physical evaluation and a diagnostic run through. If your symptoms are excessive and do not go away with basic treatment of an X-Ray, Electromyogram, a Nerve Conduction Study will be administered to test how your nerves and muscles are working together.
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Of course these diagnostic tests can quickly add up even without the need for surgery. And a worker who is in pain and can’t return to work will struggle to pay the bills. Many times, after reporting the injury to their employer, these workers will receive pennies on the dollar for their injuries from their employer’s insurance company. Kalo and Verheul, workers’ compensation attorneys, can ensure that you have a different outcome. Our attorneys are highly experienced in Florida workers’ compensation cases. We are aggressive, detail oriented, and personal to work with. Contact us today and see why Kalo & Verheul is one of Florida’s top workers compensation law firms.