Carpal tunnel syndrome ails many people and can be caused by a variety of lifestyle factors and preexisting conditions. While painful and inconvenient for those who are afflicted, it’s crucial to ensure that those who are complaining about a carpal tunnel injury have a legitimate claim. Let’s start with some background information.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by compression of a nerve where it passes through the wrist into the hand and characterized especially by weakness, pain, and disturbances of sensation in the hand and fingers.

Carpal tunnel syndrome has been associated with certain tasks including:

  • Repetitive hand motions.
  • Awkward hand positions.
  • Strong gripping.
  • Mechanical stress on the palm.
  • Vibration.

Those workers performing assembly line work – including:

  • Manufacturing, finishing, cleaning, and meat/poultry/fish packaging – commonly report this injury.
  • Cashiers, hairdressers, knitters, and sewers are examples of people whose work-related tasks involve the repetitive wrist movements associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Bakers who flex or extend the wrist while kneading dough, and people who flex the fingers and wrist in tasks such as milking cows, using a spray paint gun, and hand-weeding are other examples.
  • Excessive use of vibrating hand tools may also be related to carpal tunnel syndrome.

A possible link between carpal tunnel syndrome and computer mouse use is uncertain. While keyboarding work is generally not a risk factor for developing carpal tunnel syndrome, it can cause pain and exacerbate symptoms for those who already have the condition.

Note that the repetitive motions required for keyboard work and the use of a computer mouse may be related to the development of other injuries.

At Capital Investigating, you have a couple of service options when trying to determine if your carpal tunnel claim is in fact legitimate: a SmartStart Investigation and Surveillance and online SmartStart Monitoring.

  • SmartStart will provide useful background and social media information on a claimant prior to any surveillance or IME.
    • Through the use of social media, we can determine how long a claimant spends online, posts about their lives, and the amount of actual content they are writing.
    • We can also search out others posting about your claimant’s injury and possibly locate discussions about the injury whether fraudulent or legitimate.
  • Surveillance can also determine the legitimacy of a carpal tunnel claim.
    • By utilizing surveillance, we can concentrate video documentation on a claimant’s hands to provide documentation of how a claimant is holding a bag, grasping an object, an estimate of the weight of an item being held, and how long the claimant is holding or grasping an object.

Capital Investigating can provide mitigating information and help you better settle your claims. If you’d like some assistance with a carpal tunnel claim, do not hesitate to contact us. We’re ready to determine legitimacy whenever you are.