Loss of Income from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Loss of Income from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Postby Paul » Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:14 pm

Who would have thought a wrist condition could lead to thousands of dollars in lost wages & salary?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17216630

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is not only a burden for the individual who suffers from the condition, but it is also a burden for employees and the economy in general.

The Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries analyzed state Worker's Compensation data concerning C.T.S. claims from 1993/94 and a number of interesting facts were concluded, among them:

    - The median time loss of paid working days per CTS claim was 138 days

    - The cumulative excess loss of earnings of the 4,443 CTS claimants that were studied averaged between $52,000 and $83,000 per claimant.

    - Workers in the constructions and transportation fields averaged the most time off of work per CTS claim.

To read more detailed information on these findings, please visit the following web page:

http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/Research/O ... efault.asp

At the onset of carpal tunnel pain, immediate measures should be taken in order to avoid permanent damage of the median nerve. Ignoring the symptoms thinking they will go away naturally and continuing with activities that cause wrist and hand pain can certainly lead to more serious problems in the future. This will correspond with a loss of income as the above findings prove.

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