California Hospital Workers Report High Rates of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

According to a recent study by the Workers’ Compensation Institute, hospital workers accounted for 14 percent of carpal tunnel workmans comp claims in California from 2008-2011. Sixty percent of all workers’ comp claims in California are made by professionals, clerical workers, manufacturing workers and mercantile workers.

The Mayo Clinic defines carpal tunnel syndrome as “a progressively painful hand and arm condition caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist. A number of factors can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome, including the anatomy of your wrist, certain underlying health problems and possibly patterns of hand use.”

Hospital workers, including nurses, administrative assistants and typists, may be especially vulnerable to carpal tunnel syndrome for a number of reasons. The work nurses do requires a high level of repetitive motions, such as gripping, twisting and clamping. These repeated motions can stress and injure the median nerve in the wrist, causing pain and swelling. Administrative assistants and typists who work on computers all day and keep their wrists bent for long periods of time are also susceptible to nerve damage.

In some cases, carpal tunnel syndrome can be alleviated by wearing a wrist splint or receiving steroid injections to reduce swelling and ease the pain. In worse-case scenarios, carpal tunnel can be so severe that surgery is required.

In the last 10 years studies have shown that more than 50 percent of carpal tunnel workmans comp claims  in California have resulted in permanent disability benefits for an average of 31 months – triple the average time for a workers’ compensation claim. On average, carpel tunnel workmans compl claims are awarded 20 percent more than other types of injuries.

Hiring an attorney for your carpal tunnel workmans comp claim is the key to receiving all the financial compensation you deserve. Call 1-800-THE-LAW2 anytime and we’ll connect you with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney right away.