Can I file a workers’ compensation case after I was laid off?

I was diagnosed with carpel tunnel syndrome two weeks after I was laid off. Since carpel tunnel is a gradual injury and not from one incident, do I have a workers’ compensation claim?

Posted  09-16-2010

Ann Kiernan replies:

Probably, especially if you had any symptoms (tingling, numbness, etc.) while you were still employed. Ask your former employer for a report of injury form, and take it to your doctor.

Good luck.


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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.