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Workers’ Comp Claims: Not Just for Blue-Collar Workers

When you think of the types of injuries that may qualify for a workers’ compensation claim, you tend to think of injuries sustained during jobs that are physically demanding. While it is true that fields such as manufacturing and construction yield a high number of injuries each year, traditional office workers are not immune from being injured on the job.

Office (white-collar) workers are often affected by Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI’s), which include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and tendinosis. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the one of the most common RSI’s, and if left untreated can cause permanent nerve and muscle damage.¹ It is important to recognize the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome before the injury becomes severe and see a doctor as soon as possible.

What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

  • Numbness or pain in your hand, forearm, or wrist. This can come and go at first but might eventually progress to the point that it awakens you at night

  • “Pins-and-needles” sensation or pain, similar to your hand “falling asleep”

  • Symptoms worsen with use. Most likely to feel an increase in pain or numbness when you bend your wrist or grip an object in your hand

  • Aching pain in your forearm, occasionally

  • Accidentally dropping objects. Problems doing simple hand movements such as holding a pen or brushing your hair

  • Loss of pinch strength. Trouble pinching an object between your thumb and index finger

Carpal tunnel most often affects the hands at first but then can spread to the forearms and shoulders. You will usually notice symptoms in both hands, with one hand often worse than the other.

Are You Feeling the Physical Stress of Your Office Job?

Whether you spend your days typing on a computer or sorting documents at a desk, your health is extremely important and any injury you sustain requires immediate attention. If you have been injured on the job, report it to your employer as soon as possible and request medical attention. If you think you may be entitled to workers’ compensation, hire an experienced lawyer to protect your legal rights.

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