In the state of New Jersey, all businesses, regardless of size, are required to have workers compensation coverage. Carpal tunnel syndrome, if caused by a work task, is no different from any other work-related injury—meaning it should be covered by workers comp. A number of things can lead to an employee having a repetitive stress injury (RSI) like carpal tunnel. RSI’s can be sustained at work while engaging in the same task repeatedly, over a long period of time. Some common tasks are typing, slicing and using cash registers, but it could be caused by any long-term repetitive motion that is required for work.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The carpal tunnel is a thin channel in the wrist where the median nerve passes. This nerve is responsible for most of the sensation and movement in a hand. When the median nerve is crushed or pinched, a person’s hand can experience pain, tingling and weakness, which is what’s known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
What Can Workers Comp Cover?
Being able to prove that you sustained your injury at work will determine if you receive compensation and how much. Common benefits received from having carpal tunnel are:
- Medical benefits. This includes all necessary medical care. So, you may end up having your medical bills, rehabilitation costs and any necessary equipment paid for by workers comp insurance.
- Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits. This is payment for any wages you lost while you were unable to work.
- Permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits. These claims are most common. This will cover anyone who has some ongoing injury, but is not completely disabled.
- Permanent total disability (PTD) benefits. This is compensation paid to someone who is permanently unable to work.
If you believe you have developed carpal tunnel from a work task, speak to a lawyer at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. immediately.