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CTS may lead to workers' compensation claims

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is often seen as an unsubstantiated threat, but it is more real than many believe. A recent study has indicated that between 3 and 6 percent of Americans may be affected by CTS. However, those numbers likely increase when it comes to office workers. Californian companies, especially technology companies, should not be surprised by workers' compensation claims resulting from carpel tunnel syndrome.

CTS refers to a condition where the nerve running from a person's forearm to his or her palm becomes squeezed in the carpal tunnel. Persons affected by the syndrome may experience numbness or itchiness of their fingers and their fingers may even swell. Other symptoms include a weakening in their grip and/or frequent pain in their hand, wrist or arm.

While office work is mostly seen as safe work, people workers whose tasks involve regular, repetitive movement of their wrist are at risk of serious workplace injuries. Working on a computer keyboard or with a mouse repeatedly can caused CTS. The syndrome results from the constant repetitive movement required by the daily tasks.

While treatable, the medical costs can run between $2,500 and $7,000 depending on whether surgery is required. Apart from the high costs of treating the problem, an employee may also have difficulty completing work tasks for some time, as it can take up to half a year to regain normal hand functions. Not all companies are tolerant in such cases.

While tech companies must take cognizance of the fact that workers' compensation claims may soon be a reality in their business, employees also need to take note of their rights to file such claims should the need arise. California companies have a duty to protect their employees against CTS by providing the correct equipment and ensuring that proper training is employed. Should a company ignore the need for ergonomic equipment, they may soon find themselves facing work comp claims.

Source: techinsurance.com, "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Workers' Comp Minefield for Technology Businesses", Accessed on Nov. 29, 2017

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