Applicant was a 65-year old woman who was retired. She went through a “return to work” program for seniors. She was working less than 4 hours a day (12-18 hours per week) for AARP as a receptionist when she complained of bilateral hand pain over a period of time. We took her deposition and provided all documents to the QME, including her job description. After looking at PTP Nkadi’s reporting saying she has possible carpal tunnel but that it could be arthritis and was not developed at work, our QME agreed, saying “she falls into that very large group of individuals with idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome” and is not work related. Applicant crocheted and sewed all the time and had a prior carpal tunnel issue, and our QME did not feel her injuries were industrial.
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