Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), which occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed at the wrist, can cause numbness, weakness, tingling, and severe pain in the hand, wrist, forearm, and arm. As symptoms persist and advance, people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome often experience reduced grip strength, and, in the most severe cases, muscle wasting at the wrist and insensitivity to both hot and cold. Though carpal tunnel can appear as the result of an acute injury, such as a sprain or fracture, it can also be caused by an overactive pituitary gland or an underactive thyroid gland, rhemuatoid arthritis, or persistent overuse, such as through the use of hand or power tools in construction workers or mechanics or electric razors in barbers and hair stylists.
Because carpal tunnel syndrome can affect a person’s ability to perform fingering tasks, such as typing, or handling tasks, such as packing, assembling, or using hand tools, it can often preclude a worker’s ability to perform even sedentary work on a part- or full-time basis.
If you are no longer able to perform your past work because of severe carpal tunnel syndrome, Viner Disability Law may be able to help you obtain Social Security disability benefits by filing an initial application for benefits or appealing a claim that has already been denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your claim for disability benefits.