Lawyer explains how to win a carpal tunnel syndrome workers’ comp claim in Michigan.
We have represented many employees who have developed carpal tunnel syndrome from on-the-job activities. This condition occurs when the median nerve is affected by repetitive hand, wrist, or arm movements. It can also be caused by using vibrating power tools. This syndrome is highly prevalent among office workers, factory workers, craftsmen, construction workers, chefs, drivers, and grocery store workers. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness in the hands, fingers, or wrists. Here is how to win a carpal tunnel syndrome workers’ comp claim in Michigan.
Treatment for this condition consists of wrist splinting, medications, corticosteroid injections, and surgery. These can be devastating injuries when an employee is supposed to be using their hands all day long. Keep reading to find out what benefits are available and how to make sure you win a claim for this condition.
Can you make a carpal tunnel syndrome workers’ comp claim?
Yes you can make a carpal tunnel syndrome workers’ comp claim in Michigan. Michigan law protects employees who are hurt on-the-job. It does not matter who was at fault just that it arose out of and in the course of employment. There does not have to be a specific event trauma to win this type of claim.
Workers’ comp benefits include unlimited medical treatment, lost wages, and vocational rehabilitation. Employees can select their own doctor after 28 days and should never owe any copayments/deductibles for medical treatment. A disabled employee can also expect to be paid 80% of their after-tax average wage if they cannot work.
Responsibility for payment of workers’ comp benefits falls to the last employer who exposed an employee to the work conditions that caused the occupational disease. This means an employee who has only worked for a short period of time for an employer can win a claim for this condition in Michigan.
How to make a carpal tunnel syndrome workers’ comp claim?
Making a carpal tunnel syndrome workers’ comp claim in Michigan is easy. You must simply tell a supervisor or manager that you are having symptoms from your job and need medical treatment or time off under workers’ comp. Notice must be given within 90 days and claim must be made within 2 years.
It is critical to follow-up with a doctor and get medical evidence as soon as possible. All medical bills should be covered under workers’ comp. The employer chooses the medical providers during the first 28 days so make sure to request to be seen.
How to win a claim for this condition in Michigan?
Our experience shows preparation is how to win a claim for this condition in Michigan. It requires medical evidence that supports causation and disability. A good place to start is by talking with your doctor about what he or she thinks. Explain the type of work that is performed and what symptoms you are having. Expect a doctor to do a physical examination and may order a specialized test called an EMG.
Make sure to ask your doctor about work restrictions and the types of activities that should be avoided. Watch out for insurance companies who use the independent medical examination (IME) to deny payment of workers’ comp benefits. Call an experienced workers’ comp lawyer if this should occur.
Michigan Workers’ Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 316-8033 for a free consultation today.