Carpal tunnel syndrome plagues numerous New York office workers who have spent years behind a computer screen typing at a keyboard. After years of repetitive motion, tendons and nerves can get inflamed causing the fingers to become tingly and numb, and also causing intense pain. In many cases, the carpal tunnel syndrome becomes so bad that an office worker can't even use his or her computer anymore.
Not only does an employer have a moral duty to employees to keep his or her workplace safe and free of unnecessary dangers, but the employer also has a legal duty to maintain safe premises. If the employer is grossly negligent in failing to keep his or her premises risk-free, for example - in addition to being able to file a workers' compensation claim - an injured employee may have a viable cause of action to pursue financial damages in civil court.