To pursue workman's comp, or not to?
July 8, 2009 10:20 PM Subscribe
Should my husband pursue a workman's comp claim for his tendonitis, or pursue treatment on his own?
posted by padraigin to Work & Money (6 answers total)
My husband has a repetitive stress injury in his right hand, with a tentative diagnosis of tendonitis--he saw his PCP about it several months ago and took a referral to a specialist, then let it go for awhile until it flared up again. He visited his PCP today, and it was suggested that if he continued to pursue treatment on his own, it might cause problems in the future if he were to choose to pursue a workman's comp claim for the condition.
So now he's unsure what to do next. The condition is certainly rooted in the way he uses his hand for his job, but also almost certainly exacerbated by nonwork activities like playing guitar, rock climbing, etc (which he disclosed to his doctor) and he's concerned about how these would affect a potential workman's comp claim--it's not as though he comes home and rests his hand every night in anticipation of another day of heavy mousing.
He's reluctant to speak to HR about this until he has a better idea of what to expect, and reluctant to pursue further treatment without a better understanding of whether it would be better to file a workman's comp claim. Is it better? Is it applicable in his situation?