New IWCC Decisions Increasing Awards For Permanent Partial Disability For Carpal Tunnel And Cubital Tunnel Syndromes


The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission has recently decided a number of decisions significantly increasing awards for both carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes.

September 6, 2012 – In Sensel v. State of Illinois, Mr. Sensel was employed as a Supply Supervisor II at Menard Correctional Center where his duties included driving a forklift and typing on a keyboard.  He was diagnosed with left carpal tunnel syndrome and left cubital tunnel syndrome as a result of this course of employment.  Arbitrator Granada awarded 10% of his left hand and 10% of his left arm, which upon review was increased significantly to 17.5% of his left hand for his carpal tunnel syndrome and 20% of his left arm for his cubital tunnel syndrome.

Sensel Decision

October 3, 2012 – In Bollmann v. State of Illinois, Mr. Bollmann sustained injuries as a result of his repetitive work duties as an electrician at Menards Correctional Center.  He required both cubital and carpal tunnel release surgeries on both of his hands and arms as a result of his injuries.  Arbitrator Granada awarded 10% loss of his left arm, left hand, right arm, and right hand, which was increased on review to 15% each.

Bollmann Decision

October 5, 2012 – In Sumnicht v. Menard Correctional Center, Mr. Sumnicht was a Correctional Sergeant at Menard Correctional Center.  His job duties resulted in both carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes.  Arbitrator Granada awarded 10% loss of both his right and left arms.  On appeal that award was increased to 17.5% loss of each arm.

Sumnicht Decision