Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features a new scorecard report recently released by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) on cases in which the primary diagnosis was carpal tunnel syndrome. The sixth in CWCI’s “Injury Scorecard” series, it is based on on data from 19,899 California job injury claims for carpal tunnel syndrome that through December 2011 resulted in total payments of $738 million.
Over the over the 11-year span of the study, the scorecard notes that carpal tunnel claims accounted for less than 1% of California job injury claims, but 2.4% of all paid losses. Additionally, more than half of the carpal tunnel claims over the past decade have resulted in permanent disability (PD) – more than triple the rate for all job injury claims, with PD cases accounting for nearly 89 cents out of every dollar paid on carpal tunnel claims.
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