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An office may not seem like the most likely place to be injured on the job, but there are several risks to working in office that are often overlooked. With the vast majority of work in offices being done on the computer in the 21st century, the prevalence of computer-related ailments has understandably increased. One very common computer-related injury is carpal tunnel syndrome. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the nerve that runs from the forearm to the hand becomes pinched at the wrist. This can result in numbness, pain, or weakness in the hand and wrist.

If carpal tunnel is diagnosed early, a person can avoid inflicting permanent damage to the nerve. Diagnosing carpal tunnel is usually a multi-part process in which physicians may do physical tests or electrodiagnostic tests. According to the New York Times, approximately 3 percent of women and 2 percent of men will be diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome at some point in their lifetimes. Women over the age of 55 were the most likely to develop carpal tunnel. While typing and key entry has frequently been associated with the condition, reports the New York Times, the risk of carpal tunnel is much greater for people working in jobs that involve heavy labor. According to a 2006 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and as reported by the New York Times, freight, stock, and material movers and laborers had the highest risk of developing carpal tunnel.

If you have a severe case of carpal tunnel and are unable to perform regular work functions, and if the condition is expected to last at least 12 months, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. According to the Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center, this is controversial because doctors have yet to prove that the workplace activity causes the condition “or simply exacerbates symptoms.” In very severe cases, a patient may need surgery to relieve the condition.

Regardless of whether your job is at high risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome or not, if you have a case of carpal tunnel and suspect that your daily work activity may be to blame, you could be eligible for compensation. Do not go through it alone. An office may not seem like the most likely place to be injured on the job, but there are several risks to working in office that are often overlooked. With the vast majority of work in offices being done on the computer in the 21st century, the prevalence of computer-related ailments has understandably increased. One very common computer-related injury is carpal tunnel syndrome. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the nerve that runs from the forearm to the hand becomes pinched at the wrist. This can result in numbness, pain, or weakness in the hand and wrist.

If carpal tunnel is diagnosed early, a person can avoid inflicting permanent damage to the nerve. Diagnosing carpal tunnel is usually a multi-part process, in which physicians may do physical tests or electrodiagnostic tests. According to the New York Times,evidence points to the fact that approximately 3 percent of women and 2 percent of men will be diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome at some point in their lifetimes. Women over the age of 55 were the most likely to develop carpal tunnel. While typing and key entry has frequently been associated with the condition, reports the New York Times, the risk of carpal tunnel is much greater for people working in jobs that involve heavy labor. According to a 2006 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and as reported by the New York Times, freight, stock, and material movers and laborers had the highest risk of developing carpal tunnel.

If you have a severe case of carpal tunnel and are unable to perform regular work functions, and if the condition is expected to last at least 12 months, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. According to the Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center, this is controversial because doctors have yet to prove that the workplace activity causes the condition “or simply exacerbates symptoms.” In very severe cases, a patient may need surgery to relieve the condition.

Regardless of whether your job is at high risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome or not, if you have a case of carpal tunnel and suspect that your daily work activity may be to blame you could be eligible for compensation. Do not go through it alone. Contact a Texas Social Security Disability lawyer today.

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