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If you were recently diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and are going to need to take time off of work so that you can undergo treatment and care for you condition, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits that can help support your family while you’re temporarily unable to earn a living.

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in your wrist becomes compressed. This can cause tingling, numbness and extreme pain throughout your wrist, hand and arm. Treatment for CTS can include wrist splinting, corticosteroids and surgical intervention when your CTS doesn’t respond to other treatment options.

If you’ll need surgery, or if other treatment options make it impossible for you to continue working until your symptoms resolve, it may become necessary to apply for the workers compensation benefits you’re entitled to. Continue reading to learn more about getting approved for workers comp so that you can recuperate without financial worries.

Qualifications for Workers Comp Approval

Workers compensation laws vary state by state. For this article, we are going to be looking at the workers comp laws in North Carolina. Every employer who employs more than three workers is required by law to provide their employees with workers compensation protection on their insurance policies. From the first day you begin working you should be covered.

There is one major factor in determining whether or not your claim for benefits will be approved- your CTS must have either been caused by the work you do for your employer or if you had CTS that didn’t manifest any symptoms until it was exacerbated by the conditions of your work environment. If your attorney is able to establish this, then you should be approved for benefits.

However, insurance companies are notorious for denying the claims of even the most deserving of claimants. You can expect your claim to be denied if you were committing a crime when your CTS began showing symptoms, if you didn’t notify your employer within 30 days of being diagnosed with work-related CTS, if you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol when your symptoms flared up, or if you were in violation of your employer’s code of conduct when your CTS worsened.

These are all common, valid reasons that your claim could be denied, so make sure to discuss your situation with your attorney if any of these circumstances apply in your case.

All About Workers Compensation Benefits

Once you obtain approval, you’ll be able to begin receiving your workers compensation benefits. To start, the insurance company will provide you with 66 ⅔% of your average weekly income. You can continue to collect this either until you are medically cleared to return to work, or until you reach the maximum number of weeks allowable based on your given impairment rating.

Also, the insurer will offer vocational training and/or educational opportunities if you are unable to return to work due to the severity of your condition. You won’t have to concern yourself with the medical expenses you’ve incurred due to your CTS, as the insurance company is going to be required to cover those as well.

As can be seen, when you need to take time off work to recover from your CTS, workers compensation benefits can be quite helpful in helping you continue to support yourself and your family.

An Attorney Can Help Fight Your Denied Claim

When you apply for workers compensation benefits, you don’t have time to be dealing with a denial when your bills still need to be paid. If you’re facing a denied CTS work comp claim and you need assistance securing the approval you deserve, reach out to an experienced workers compensation lawyer.