When to go to my employer about my CTS condition?
Question Details: I am a chef at a hotel. I was recently diagnosed with bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome by my PCP and referred to an orthopedic. I am not sure when I should go to my employer about my condition since my PCP will not tell me it was caused by my work or to use my own insurance to see the orthopedic. Should I go to my employer after I see the orthopedics?
It depends why you want to go to your employer. If you need some reasonable accommodation or change at work in order to keep working, you need to go to the employer when you want the change. For this purpose--obtaining a reasonable accommodation--it does not matter if the condition is caused by work or not: an employer must make reasonable accommodations to any disability, regardless of cause. (A "reasonable accommodation" is a change in rules or procedures, or the provision of some assistive device or technology or furniture, which is not too expensive or disruptive for the employer but facilitates the disabled person doing his/her job.)
If want to file a worker's comp claim, then you need evidence that the condition was caused by work.