The American Academy of Family Physicians has found that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) affects approximately three to six percent of all adults in the United States. While the percentage may sound small, it means that as many as 15 million people may suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in St. Petersburg?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist.” The median nerve is responsible for controlling the movement of the thumb and first three fingers. This “pressing” or “squeezing” on the nerve tunnel makes that canal smaller, resulting in an irritation of the nerve. The condition can be quite painful and it is generally progressive, meaning that it gets worse over time.
Florida Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers. Some carpal tunnel sufferers say their fingers feel useless and swollen, even though little or no swelling is present. The symptoms often first appear in one or both hands during the night, since many people sleep with flexed wrists. A person with carpal tunnel syndrome may wake up feeling the need to “shake out” the hand or wrist. As symptoms worsen, people might feel tingling during the day. Decreased grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Pinellas County?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by a variety of factors. The most common causes are repetitive motion and trauma. Repetitive motion occurs where an individual makes the same hand or wrist movements over and over. There are many different types of activities that may include repetitive hand or wrist motions, including:
- typing or data entry
- assembly line work
- playing musical instruments
- working on a computer
- agricultural worker
- cashier, and
- jobs that require repeated use of vibrating tools
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can also be caused by trauma or injury to the wrist. A vehicle accident or work-related event that causes broken or fractured bones may lead to CTS symptoms. Wrist sprains or strains can have the same result.
St. Petersburg Legal Claim for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you have been diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome you may have a valid legal claim, meaning that you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries and related losses. Although not every diagnosis of CTS will give rise to a legal claim, in some instances an individual is able to receive compensation including:
- Workers’ Compensation: If an occupation requires repetitive motions or activities and an employee experienced CTS symptoms, they may have grounds to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. Repetitive motion injuries may take months or years to develop and the symptoms may not manifest until after an individual has left the job that caused the condition.
- Personal Injury. If the carpal tunnel condition was caused by an event unrelated to employment, such as a car collision or other traumatic occurrence, an individual may still be able to pursue a legal claim for their injuries. It is not uncommon for drivers involved in car crashes to experience traumatic wrist injuries from their hands gripping the steering wheel which injuries sometimes lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
If you were diagnosed with carpel tunnel syndrome, caused by work-related repetitive motion or injury, or if you sustained a carpel tunnel injury after a vehicle accident, it is important to speak to the experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorneys at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA to determine what, if any, third party may be responsible. Our attorneys are prepared to review your case today and determine if you have a workers’ compensation or other personal injury claim allowing you to receive compensation for your injury. Please call our office at (727) 472-3909.
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