There is a certain amount of risk that comes from working in virtually any work environment. The type of work and the conditions of the workplace determine the level of risk. Obviously, the odds of being involved in an accident will be greater in certain occupations like construction jobs. However, even a workplace that seems like a safe environment, such as an office, can present a risk of injury. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common types of repetitive stress injuries that affects thousands of office employees every year across the country.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that is usually caused by repetitive bending of the wrist. The pain comes from inflammation and pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. Those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome often have numbness, pain or a constant tingling sensation in the affected hands. It can cause great difficulty using the hand, especially for grasping or fine motor movements.
Is carpal tunnel syndrome a disability?
In short, yes. Although there is not a Social Security Administration Blue Book listing specifically for carpal tunnel syndrome, those who suffer from the condition are often able qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance through another listing or a listing with similar symptoms. These can be conditions like arthritis, lupus or peripheral neuropathy.
However, as with any condition, those who seek Social Security disability benefits must provide evidence that their disability is severe enough to keep them from working. Hard medical evidence, such as medical test results and medical exam notes from physicians, are a necessity for a successful disability claim. Those who have questions or need help in applying for Social Security Disability benefits may want to consider contacting a legal representative. A seasoned attorney can determine if an individual is eligible for benefits and help him or her get started with the application process.