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Carpal Tunnel in Left Hand Wrist…

Submitted By: Kelly (USA)

I got carpal tunnel from duties on the job. I reported it to my supervisor and filled out accident report, but I continued to remain at work. My symptoms became worse so I ended up going to see the workers comp doctor. I had the carpal tunnel release done in April 2. I have no more numbness but am very week in the hand and unable to lift, and I still have pain and very little grip strength.

I’m not sure if I will be able to return to work because I’m not at 100 percent use of my left hand. My employer won’t let me return unless I have full use. What are my options?

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Dear Kelly,

Depending on what you do for a living, your employer is probably correct in keeping you off work until your hand is healed provided you are receiving workers compensation benefits during this time frame.

In most states, you will be assessed through a Qualified Medical Examination (QME) and you will be scheduled for a treatment plan that is specifically designed for you. Upon completion of treatment, you will be assessed and assigned a percentage of disability. These percentages are on a matrix which relate to your annual income.

The higher the disability, the more you would be entitled to in terms of a global settlement.

There is also a provision for “lifetime medical” plus a cash settlement that is far less, i.e. if you opt for the medical treatments, you will be offered a much lower cash settlement than if you had simply opted for a global settlement. Without knowing what you do for a living and how much you make, it is too speculative to tell you what a fair settlement would be.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: July 20, 2010

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