Workplace injuries aren’t limited to sudden accidents, such as falls, fractures and burns. They can also form slowly over time.
For example, many employees suffer from repetitive motion injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).
CTS is a neurological disorder caused by repeated pressure on the median nerve. This nerve extends from the forearm to the palm and it controls sensation in the fingers. Sufferers of CTS may experience weakness, numbness, tingling or pain. These sensations can be in the wrists, hands or arms. While CTS may have a reputation as a minor ailment, symptoms can range from mild to debilitating.
Work duties that require the employee to make repetitive or recurring motions often lead to CTS. In fact, workplace activities cause almost half of the total CTS cases nationwide. For this reason, certain professions have high rates of CTS, for example:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CTS sufferers have the second longest amount of workplace leave in comparison to other major diseases and illnesses. When the average person suffers from CTS, it can mean about 28 days away from work. Every year, around 260,000 Americans must undergo surgery to treat CTS.
If workplace duties caused your CTS, you may be entitled to Florida workers’ compensation benefits. You need a Florida carpal tunnel syndrome lawyer to review the facts of your case and help you assess your options. You may be able to recover medical expenses as well as lost wages. At the Law Office of Paul B. Genet, P.A., we understand your pain and fight for your full compensation.