At Atkinson Law Office, P.A. & Minnesota Disability, we represent people with all types of workplace injuries, including those caused by repetitive motion or cumulative trauma. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common repetitive strain injuries. It is a type of nerve damage caused by irritation and compression of the median nerve in the wrist. This is the nerve that controls feeling and movement in not only the wrist but also other parts of the hand and fingers.
There are many jobs and tasks that, over time, may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, including:
- Typing and using a mouse
- Using laboratory tools
- Working with a vibrating tool such as a jackhammer
- Working at a cash register
- Assembly-line work
- Other repetitive movements at work, including repetitive grasping
Recently, the Mayo Clinic conducted a study of its own employees in attempt to refute the assumption that typing causes carpal tunnel. However, responses may have been swayed by employees' fear of losing their jobs. No independent study has been conducted, and typing on a computer keyboard is one of the most commonly identified causes of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
Symptoms of carpal tunnel include numbness in the fingers, primarily in the thumb, index and middle fingers. Pain in the wrist or hands is also a common symptom. Many people with carpal tunnel syndrome wake up in the morning with pain after a night of rest.
If you are experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel and you believe it is related to your work, seek medical attention with a doctor of your choice, report the workplace injury to your employer and contact our lawyers for workers' compensation advice and guidance.
To schedule a free initial consultation call 651-964-6274. Our attorneys can be reached 24/7 with our after-hours answering service and are available to schedule consultations to meet at your convenience. If your injury prevents you from visiting our staff in the office, we are happy to make home, hospital and off-site consultations by appointment. We represent clients in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and statewide.