Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a work injury, caused by repetitive stress to the wrist.
CTS occurs when the median nerve, running from the wrist to the hand, is compressed and inflamed.
This can cause a lot of pain, and limit the use of the hand and wrist, leading to:
- Wrist pain;
- Numbness in your fingers, or palms;
- Tingling in your thumbs;
- Difficulty grasping objects;
- Difficulty moving your fingers.
Did your job cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in your wrist?
Some people believe carpal tunnel syndrome only comes from long days of typing in an office. But it can happen in almost any workplace.
Work-related Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
- Tool operations
- Sewing or stitching
- Factory line work
- Assembly line activities
Filing a workers’ comp claim for carpal tunnel syndrome
Almost all Oregon employers carry workers’ compensation insurance on their employers. If you have been diagnosed with CTS, and you believe it is related to your job duties, you will need to report this to your employer.
Your employer will have 5 days to file an insurance claim.
The insurance company has 60 days to accept or deny your workers’ compensation claim.
Many insurance companies automatically deny workers’ compensation claims for CTS.
If your carpal tunnel claim is denied, the insurer sends you a letter explaining the denial.
They are betting that you won’t fight for your rights.
Prove them wrong.
Questions about filing a workers’ comp claim in Oregon? See Frequently Asked Questions about Workers’ Comp.