Let us say that you work in the Atlanta office of a software company headquartered in Tampa, Florida. You have a position with the marketing department and write at the computer all day.
Over the past few months, pain has developed in your right wrist, which your doctor has diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome. Which would apply to your injury: Georgia or Florida workers’ compensation?
About carpal tunnel syndrome
Wrist pain is not unusual for people who use a keyboard and mouse all day. Repetitive motion can result in a repetitive stress injury, of which carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common form. The carpal tunnel is a structure consisting of bones, tendons, connective tissue and nerves that control the movement of your hand and fingers. A repetitive motion, such as typing, can inflame the surrounding cushioning tissue and squeeze those nerves.
What happens next
You may begin to feel a tingling sensation in your hand and fingers, which may increase as you continue to type or use the mouse. You may also experience a sensation that your fingers are swelling. Although there is probably no outward sign of this, the feeling may make it more difficult for you to bend your fingers and hold onto objects. The muscles at the base of your thumb may become more difficult to control. As a result, you may start dropping things.
Eligibility for workers’ compensation
Even though your employer’s home office is in Florida, you may still qualify for Georgia workers’ compensation benefits because you work in Atlanta. As of July 2019, the Georgia weekly benefits amount has increased. You should take a look at the benefits available in both states to determine which would be the best for you.
With a diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome, you should promptly seek legal guidance before submitting a claim for insurance compensation. Treatment may include occupational therapy and possibly surgery. Because you work with your hands, you will want to receive all the benefits available to cover your medical costs, lost wages and more.