Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the hands and wrists. It occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the hand, becomes compressed. This can cause tingling, numbness, and pain in the affected hand.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is common, especially among workers who perform repetitive tasks with their hands. If you have carpal tunnel syndrome and it is related to your job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation.
This post will discuss your rights and what to expect if you file a workers’ compensation claim for carpal tunnel syndrome.
What benefits am I entitled to under carpal tunnel workers’ compensation?
Carpal tunnel workers’ compensation covers a wide range of benefits, including:
- Medical expenses: Workers’ compensation will cover all reasonable and necessary medical expenses related to your carpal tunnel condition. This includes the cost of any surgeries, treatments, or therapies recommended by your doctor.
- Wage replacement: If your carpal tunnel condition prevents you from being able to work, you may be entitled to receive wage replacement benefits. These benefits are typically two-thirds of your regular wages, up to a maximum amount set by state law.
- Permanent disability benefits: If your carpal tunnel condition results in a permanent disability, you may be eligible for permanent disability benefits. These benefits are based on a percentage of your pre-disability earnings, and they are paid until you reach retirement age or can return to work (whichever comes first).
Who is eligible for carpal tunnel workers’ compensation?
If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome due to your job, you may wonder if you’re eligible for workers’ compensation. The answer depends on a few factors, including the severity of your condition and whether your job caused it.
In general, workers’ compensation is available to employees who are injured or become ill due to their job. If your carpal tunnel syndrome is mild and does not prevent you from working, you may not be eligible for benefits. However, if your condition is severe and prevents you from working, you may be eligible for temporary or permanent disability benefits.
To be eligible for workers’ compensation, you must notify your employer of your injury or illness. You then have a limited time to file a claim with the state workers’ compensation board. Once your claim is approved, you will receive benefits based on your wage loss and medical expenses.
If you think you may suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, you must see a doctor immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent the condition from worsening and causing further disability.
How do I file a claim for carpal tunnel workers’ compensation?
You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome due to your job. Workers’ compensation is a state-regulated insurance program that benefits employees injured or ill due to their job. In most states, employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance.
To file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, you must contact your employer and file a claim with the workers’ compensation insurance carrier. You will need to provide medical documentation of your diagnosis and how it relates to your job. Once your claim is filed, the insurance carrier will review it and decide whether you are eligible for benefits.
Workers’ compensation benefits are typically paid every week. If you are approved for benefits, you will receive payments to help cover your medical expenses and lost wages. In some cases, you may also be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services to help you retrain for a new job if your injury prevents you from returning to your previous occupation.
How long does carpal tunnel workers’ compensation take?
Carpal tunnel workers’ compensation can take a long time to resolve. The average case takes about four months to resolve, but some cases take much longer. If your case is particularly complex, it could take years to resolve. In the meantime, you may be entitled to receive temporary disability benefits and medical treatment.
Contact and Visit Us at Gaylord and Nantais Attorneys at Law
If you have been injured at work and believe you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, the first step is to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. At Gaylord and Nantais, we have helped countless clients receive the benefits they are entitled to under the law.
When you come in for a consultation, we will review your case and help you understand the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim. We will also answer any questions about your rights and what to expect.
If we decide to take on your case, we will aggressively represent you throughout the process. We have a proven track record of achieving favorable outcomes for our clients.
So if you suspect you may have carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of your job, please contact us at (562) 561-2669 today to schedule a consultation. We would be honored to help you fight for the benefits you deserve.