Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
A type of injury caused by repetitive movement, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is marked by pain, numbness, burning, and tingling in the fingers, wrists, and hands as a result of inflammation of the tendons and ligaments of the wrist. Repetitive movement, such as typing, aggravates the condition, eventually making it difficult for one to grip objects or make a fist.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is considered an occupational disease. The Workers' Compensation Board defines occupational disease as:
"A disease arising from employment conditions for a class of workers, with the disease occurring as a natural incident for particular occupations, distinct from and exceeding the ordinary hazards and risks of employment. To be considered an occupational disease, there must be some recognizable link between the disease and some distinctive feature of the workers' job."
For occupational disease, if you or your doctor suspect that your illness is related to work, you should file a workers' compensation claim. You do not have to prove the illness was caused solely by the exposure to a hazardous substance on the job, or solely by the specific work you do. However, you and your physician must be prepared to argue that your specific work or identified work-related exposure contributed to your illness.
Examples of occupational disease/illness include:
- carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive strain injury
- work-related tendinitis
- asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma
- lead poisoning
- lung/respiratory problems from chemical or dust exposure
- dermatitis due to chemical exposure/latex allergy
- occupational hearing loss
If you suffer from Carpal Tunnel syndrome, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our experienced workers' compensation attorneys today.
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