The physical effects of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be prevented or at the very least, substantially diminished, if it is detected early and timely treatment is received.
Companies who employ computer operators can substantially reduce the incidence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by implementing ergonomic and health and wellness programs. The typical cost of modifying a workstation runs as little as $100 to $300 per employee. By making these changes, it has been shown that the incidence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other Repetitive Stress Injuries can be reduced by as much as 70%.
It is estimated that Repetitive Stress Injuries “costs employers over $80 billion yearly.
According to the National Council of Compensation Insurance, the average compensation a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome victim receives is approximately $33,000.00.
In addition to the monetary compensation Carpal Tunnel victims receive, there are numerous other costs to employers:
- low employee morale
- lost time from work
- retraining expenses
- decreased productivity
- increased health costs
Implementing ergonomic programs to prevent workers from developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, has proven to be a long-term cost effective solution. However, employers are reluctant to expend the money necessary to make these changes. believing that it is easier and more cost effect to replace those workers who have been diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, with younger, healthier workers.
- What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
- What are other types of Repetitive Stress Injury?
- How serious is the “CTS” problem?
- Are Working Women more at risk for developing CTS than Male Workers?
- Basic 4 Step Procedure for diagnosing CTS and other RSI
- Can employers prevent their employees from developing CTS and other RSI?
- What forces are preventing “CTS” victims from exercising their right to receive Workers Compensation benefits?
- What are the “dangers” of processing “CTS” related medical bills through group health insurance?
- Frequently Asked Questions about “CTS”