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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the Workplace: How to Prevent This Growing Problem

January 12th, 2015 at 11:18 am

carpal tunnel syndrome, Illinois workers compensation lawyerPeople commonly associate construction zones or factories as dangerous or toxic areas where accident-related injuries will most likely occur due to the use of heavy machinery and chaotic environment. However, office employees are subject to their own set of occupational hazards, leading to a number of injuries, even though the atmosphere might be much calmer.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive stress injury that affects people in the workplace who spend considerable amounts of time at a desk or on the computer. According to the American College of Rheumatology, 4 to 10 million American suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. It occurs when the the median nerve that runs through the forearm and wrist becomes compressed or pinched resulting in symptoms such as:

  • Tingling;
  • Hand weakness;
  • Numbness; and
  • Loss of hand function.

Carpal tunnel is a treatable condition, but in severe cases, surgery may be required. Stretching, taking frequent breaks, and ensuring an ergonomic work space are all important to help prevent hands from cramping and carpal tunnel from becoming a problem.

Desk ergonomics includes making adjustments to your desk chair and computer monitor heights, using a wrist rest, and adding items like a foot rest or headset to help with other daily office tasks. Employees should speak to their human resources manager for ways to make their desks more ergonomically sound.

Carpal tunnel can also affect any person with a job where there is repetitive strain on the nerves in the hand and wrist. Individuals who work in an assembly line or in industries like cleaning, sewing, or manufacturing also commonly experience carpal tunnel syndrome due to the repetition of daily tasks.

When a person suffers from this excessive strain, the pain and numbness may eventually lead to the inability to successfully perform the functions of the job. It is important to have preventative measures in place and an open discussion between employers and employees regarding any concerns with desk positioning.

Carpal tunnel syndrome may gradually worsen over time and a workers’ compensation claim may cover this type of repetitive stress injury. If you have experienced an injury on the job and your employer has not implemented preventative measures or refuses to help with treatment, contact a workers’ compensation attorney in Illinois today to discuss your options.

Study Links Depression, Work Stress, & Long Working Hours

October 30th, 2013 at 9:49 am

illinois-workers-compensation-studyA good job with low levels of stress can do wonders for your life outside of work. When the stress in your life is catapulted to a peak from working long hours and experienced high levels of stress on the job, however, you could face increased chances of depression. A recent study published in the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine provides some clues about the background of individuals who end up filing workers’ compensation claims after developing symptoms from their jobs, especially where post-traumatic stress is concerned.

The study looked at workers classified as “long hours overworked”, or those employees who put in at least 60 hours per week. These same individuals had high job demands (measured by their unfinished duties) and were connected to a 15 times greater chance of developing depression over the few years following working in these conditions.

When an employee is suffering from work accident injury recovery or post-traumatic stress on the job, these difficult working conditions are exemplified. When employers altered the working conditions in the favor of the employee, however, their chance of depression was reduced. Attempting to cut through the stress and develop a work-life balance can be helpful.

If you decide to move forward with an Illinois workers’ compensation claim, forensic psychological assessments or evaluations may be required. Having an attorney who is experienced in the field of workers’ compensation is crucial for moving your case along and helping you get the benefits you deserve.

Do not underestimate the impact that your working conditions can have on you. Repetitive stress injuries and situations that flare post-traumatic stress can make the workday more difficult, but it can also have an influence on your life at home. If you have sustained depression or issues with your existing post-traumatic stress because of a working condition, you need the guidance of a knowledgeable Illinois workers’ compensation attorney.

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