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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in North Carolina
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I am a Forklift Operator at a distribution center and I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in March 2007. I am having surgery this July. Should I file workers comp or just take F.M.L.A.? I haven't lost any work due to C.T.S. nor does my employer know about my condition. I really don't know what I should do. Any help would be appreciated.
 
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Workers comp is only available to those whose conditions or injuries are job related. Those questions are best answered by your physician.

FMLA is not insurance. It doesn't pay medical or disability benefits. It does protect your job and allow you to continue your health insurance even though you can't make the payroll deduction.
 
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You should make an Injury Report with your Employer. Repetive use of the hands and wrist are work related.
Reply's are intended solely for informational purposes. They are based on personal opinions, experience, or research and are "not to be taken as fact or legal advice", otherwise, always consult an attorney or a doctor.
 
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RubyRed Wrote:I am a Forklift Operator at a distribution center and I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in March 2007.  I am having surgery this July. Should I file workers comp or just take F.M.L.A.? I haven't lost any work due to C.T.S. nor does my employer know about my condition. I really don't know what I should do. Any help would be appreciated.

I think the big part of the answer is whether you think your job caused the CTS. If there was no accident causing your condition but you think your job duties job caused the injury then you want to talk to your doctor about it. FMLA and workers' compensation are overlapping benefits and not mutually exclusive.
 
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