Most carpal tunnel cases result in an award for the permanent loss of use of the hand. If both hands are injured, the Workers’ Compensation Board decides the permanent loss of use for each hand. The Workers’ Compensation Board should not make a decision as to the permanent loss of use of the hand until the worker has completed medical treatment for the condition. Once the worker’s hands are at a point where no further treatment is going to improve the condition, the worker’s doctor provides an opinion as the permanent loss of use. As a general rule, the doctor should not provide such an opinion until one year after the accident or one year after the last surgery for the condition. The doctor’s opinion on the permanent loss of use must be based on New York State Workers’ Compensation Board Medical Guidelines.
Please click on the following link to the Workers’ Compensation Board Guidelines for more information on permanency for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
If you choose to accept Workers’ Compensation Benefits you can not sue your employer.
However . . . If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident with another car you might be able to file a lawsuit against the driver of the other car.
We frequently represent Workers' Compensation cases in Long Island New York (NY) including, Albertson, Bethpage, Dix Hills, Elmwood,Huntington, Huntington Station, Levittown, Westbury, South Huntington, Hicksville, Bayville, Glenncove, Merrick, Bellmore, Syossett, Jericho, Plainview, Roslyn, Roslyn Heights, Deer Park, Glenn Head, New Hyde Park, Manhasset, Farmingdale, Hauppague, Patchague, Deer Park, east Meadow, Mellville. In Queens we often help people in Flushing, Jamaica, Douglaston, Long Island City