Florida’s workers’ compensation insurance is your assurance that, if you are injured on the job, your medical bills and at least a portion of your wages will be paid. But does a repetitive motion injury like carpal tunnel count? Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is an occupational hazard that develops over time, causing your hands and wrists a great deal of pain.
To qualify for benefits, you must prove your injury occurred because of an incident in the workplace or while you were performing job-related tasks. Because carpal tunnel is caused by repeated pressure to a nerve on the side of the hand, it is trickier to prove how your injury evolved. When you believe your condition stems from your job, contact a Florida workplace carpal tunnel injury lawyer to discuss your options.
Florida Statutes § 440.151(2) includes occupational diseases along with workplace injuries as eligible categories for which an employee can apply for workers’ compensation. An occupational hazard or disease occurs when a sustained injury is common in the trade or occupation where the afflicted person works.
The application process under Fla. Stat. § 440.09 involves describing how carpal tunnel syndrome impacts the employee and how it is a known hazard of the profession. A physician must certify that the employee’s job is the significant contributing reason why carpal tunnel syndrome developed. Our experienced Tampa workers’ compensation attorney, Kevin Moore, is familiar with repetitive motion and carpal tunnel claims and can help substantiate yours by gathering and submitting the proper documentation.
Most injured Floridians have 30 days to report an accident to their employers, who then submit a claim to the insurer. Under Fla. Stat. § 440.151(6), employees suffering from occupational diseases like CTS have 90 days to report it after the numbness and tingling begin and they are diagnosed as having carpal tunnel.
One problem with waiting three months to report an occupational hazard is that it delays workers’ compensation insurance payments for medical care, resulting in the employee paying for it themself. Contact a Tampa, Florida workplace carpal tunnel injury attorney for guidance through the application process.
Workers’ compensation insurance is advantageous because employees do not have to prove an employer is at fault for their injuries and sue them for compensation. The insurance system does not assign blame and only requires that the injury be work-related. However, making this connection is often difficult with occupational hazards, so it is best to let a trusted attorney help you handle the process. Some of the things the Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore can assist with include:
Our Tampa carpal tunnel injury attorney concentrates on your claim while you concentrate on healing from your injuries.
Because it is challenging to prove carpal tunnel syndrome is work-related, many who experience it do not bother to try. While you may think you should bear the pain and wear a hand brace or pay for specialized treatment yourself, there is a good chance we can help you pursue workers’ compensation benefits.
These benefits take the strain off you having to pay for medical care. You may also be entitled to at least partial wage replacement while you are away from work resting your hand. Sit down with Florida workplace carpal tunnel injury lawyer Kevin A. Moore and discuss the details of your injury. At our firm, you will meet with Attorney Moore from the beginning of your case, and he will personally guide you through every step in the process. Call us today to get started.