The National Council of Compensation Insurance reports carpal-tunnel syndrome
as the third most costly lost-time workers' comp claim at $12,611 in 1997, behind amputation and burns.
Gutting, deboning, and chopping millions of chickens at dizzying speeds had left her body too crippled by carpal-tunnel syndrome to be of any use to her employer, Case Farms, Inc.
These were the beginning signs of carpal-tunnel syndrome, a type of repetitive-strain injury.
The doctor diagnosed carpal-tunnel syndrome, but Case Farms's insurance carrier for workers' compensation initially refused to accept that her injury was work-related.