Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
- Repetitive hand and wrist motions or activities over a prolonged period of time, such as heavy keyboard use or repetitive use of hand tools
- Hand and wrist position: extreme flexion or extension
- Trauma to the hand(s) and/or wrist(s)
- Pre-existing health conditions: Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis
What Steps Should I Take Next?
- See a doctor who handles work injuries to determine if your symptoms are work-related
- Notify your employer
- Get legal representation
- File your claim with the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board (an attorney will assist with this)
- Attend hearings
- Keep track of payments and expenses
- After treatment, be evaluated for any Permanent Loss of Function to obtain a tax-free award
Workers’ Compensation and Carpal Tunnel
Statue of Limitations for Filing a NYS Workers’ Compensation Claim
For Occupational Diseases (like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome), you must file your claim with the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board within 2 years from the date you have knowledge that your injury or condition is work-related. This is usually triggered after speaking with a doctor who advises that your symptoms are occupationally-induced.
For Accidents, you must file a claim within 2 years from the date of accident.
- For days lost at work
- For reduced overtime earnings
Most importantly, an award can be obtained for any permanent loss of function to an extremity, even if the injury results in no lost time from work.
- Medical Treatment
- Physical Therapy