Mississippi Carpal Tunnel & Repetitive Stress Lawyer
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a type of repetitive stress injury that happens when a person’s carpal tunnel narrows or when the tissue swells, which puts pressure on the median nerve in the hand and wrist. While repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, often occur in workers who perform regular work at a computer or sitting at a desk, it is important to know that these types of injuries can affect any worker who regularly uses hand tools or must use their hands for assembly or product handling. Contact our experienced Mississippi carpal tunnel & repetitive stress lawyer today to find out more about how you can seek compensation after a carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis.
Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Repetitive Stress Injuries in Mississippi
Carpal tunnel syndrome and other types of repetitive stress injuries can be significantly debilitating for workers in Mississippi, and these conditions can result in many missed workdays. In some cases, carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries can be permanently debilitating. What is carpal tunnel syndrome? According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), carpal tunnel syndrome is “a common condition that causes numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand and forearm,” and it “occurs when one of the major nerves to the hand — the median nerve — is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist.”
For most patients, the AAOS explains, “carpal tunnel syndrome gets worse over time,” and it can ultimately result in “permanent dysfunction of the hand, including loss of sensation in the fingers and weakness.” When carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed quickly, certain kinds of treatments can lessen the symptoms and consequences. In some cases, permanent nerve damage may occur without surgical intervention.
Types of Jobs in Mississippi Where Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Repetitive Stress Injuries Can Happen
Nearly any type of job that requires repetitive motions and the constant use of your hands, including jobs that require work behind a desk or at a computer, can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome and other types of repetitive stress injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites the following occupations as having some of the highest rates of carpal tunnel syndrome and other types of repetitive stress injuries:
- Agriculture worker;
- Assembly line worker;
- Construction worker;
- Painter; and
What types of work-related tasks do these professions often involve that can result in carpal tunnel or other repetitive stress injuries? OSHA cites the following as common movements that can result in carpal tunnel syndrome:
- Using hand tools;
- Handling conveyor belt objects;
- Assembling small parts;
- Painting with a paint brush;
- Taking money and counting change;
- Using a computer mouse; and
- Handling fabric.
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If you were recently diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome or another type of repetitive stress injury, it is important to speak with an attorney about your options for seeking financial compensation. You could be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim or to potentially seek benefits by filing a claim under certain circumstances. Contact our experienced Mississippi carpal tunnel/repetitive stress lawyer today for more information.