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The United States Department of Labor states that carpal tunnel syndrome is the "chief occupational hazard of the '90's – disabling workers in epidemic proportions."
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common form of repetitive stress injury which commonly occurs when a person's wrists are exposed to repetitive strain on a regular basis. Tissues surrounding a person's wrist tendons become enlarged to the point that they compress the median nerve, which runs through a passage in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel.
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This compression can cause the following problems:
- Numbness, tingling and pain in the hand, wrist and forearm
- Impaired or lost nerve function
- Reduced muscle control
- Reduced grip strength
Is CTS considered a work-related injury under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act?
Yes. The Illinois Supreme Court has found that "…although carpal tunnel syndrome develops gradually and not as the result of a sudden mishap," it is compensatable under the Act.
What medical benefits Am I entitled to after I develop CTS on the job?
You are entitled to receive 100% of all medical expenses that are reasonable and necessary to treat your condition. These include, but are not limited to first aid, emergency room services, doctors visits, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, and prescriptions.
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