What Is Carpal Tunnel?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a nerve ending disorder that occurs the wrist’s nerve is compressed. It is caused by repetitively performed tasks and its common symptoms include numbness, tingling, reduced grip and increased pain in the hand. Is Carpal tunnel compensable?
Carpal tunnel is considered a work-related injury and workers are compensated under the Workers’ compensation act. These syndrome symptoms take time, months to years, to completely manifest since it is progressive. A worker’s compensation begins when he/she completes the first report on the injury.
It is, therefore, necessary for workers to report to the company any symptoms that require medical attention. The treatment and settlement process. Upon reporting to the company with regard to the syndrome, one is sent to a physician to treat the carpal tunnel disability. The worker has a right to choose a physician or doctor that he is comfortable with as opposed to that given by the company.
It is during the treatment that the doctor diagnoses your condition; whether you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) or you have a lasting disability.
If diagnosed with MMI or temporary total disability one can go back to former job duties or perform other duties that could accommodate the disability. If diagnosed with permanent partial disability one can no longer work using his hands. The doctor may request the worker to undertake surgery in severe cases.
The compensation or benefits that a worker is given accommodate the loss of wages during the treatment period, therapy and medical bills and pocket expenses. The whole compensation is done in a lump sum. What is the average compensation value? There are several factors are considered when determining the worker’s case of the syndrome.
These factors will depend on the state that one is located. There is no average value but most compensations range from 15,000 to 40,000 dollars with some workers leaving with millions in compensation.