Workplace injuries can be serious and life-threatening, but they can also be subtle instances of damage that worsen over time. One example of a significant degenerative workplace injury is carpal tunnel syndrome. North Carolina residents from all occupations and industries can suffer from this painful and debilitating medical condition as a result of their job duties.

Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when the median nerve of the wrist is subjected to pressure. That pressure can cause tingling, numbness, and even weakness in the hands and wrists of victims. When a victim suffers from these symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, they may be unable to function and do the tasks that they are required to do at work and in their personal lives.

Certain workplace actions can cause or aggravate median nerve irritation and the development of carpal tunnel syndrome in victims. For example, workers who perform tasks on assembly lines are susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome because they often repeat the same actions many times of the course of their days at work. Repetitive motions of the hands and wrists can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Aside from carpal tunnel syndrome, other painful hand and wrist conditions can occur from other workplace tasks. Pain and stiffness from prolonged typing and computer work can create discomfort and stress in the hands and arms of office workers. Individuals who suffer from workplace-derived hand and arm pain may wish to learn more about what impact their jobs have had on their health.

Crafting clear and comprehensive workers’ compensation claims takes knowledge of the law and an understanding of evidence to prove the necessary elements of workers’ requests for support. This post does not offer legal advice and readers can choose to contact their own attorneys to help them prepare their claims for workers’ compensation.