15. October 2011 14:16
11 IWCC 684
Accident: P was bank teller. She did not testify to specific tasks, or amounts of time she spent doing repetitive hand tasks. Therefore, her doctor's opinion that relied on an assumption that P counted a lot of money and used a keyboard throughout the day was not supported by P's testimony about her job at trial, and so did not help P.
P's treating surgeon had testified that if P continuously counts money for 2 hours straight in a regular day, then this could be sufficient flexion and extension of the wrist to aggravate underlying carpal tunnel syndrome. So could typing on a keyboard continuously for 4 hours a day. Lifting and moving safety boxes, handling deposits and withdrawal slips, and filing would not be sufficient to contrbute to carpal tunnel syndrome, he opined.
But, since P didn't testify to how many hours she typed or counted money, her doctor's opinion didn't help her and she loses for failure to prove causal connection.
Injury: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome