I have never filed a workers comp claim in my life and this is all really confusing, especially the situation I'm currently in.
So I have been using computers for quite some time. For the past 7 years, I have been in management...which did not require me to type and mouse constantly all day long. As a manager, I was only at my desk for part of the day.
At my current job, it has been quite different, I have been at the desk, using my computer throughout my shift, for the past 4 months.
There were times in past jobs where my wrists/forearms felt sore, but nothing a little break didn't help.
However, at my current job, the problem has gotten worse to the point of numbness, pain, burning, etc. Mainly because I use the computer non-stop.
Ultimately my doctor diagnosed me with Carpal Tunnel. She asked that I work under a modified work program just for 2 weeks while I see a specialist and attend physio.
Here is where it starts to get confusing.
I am in the process of potentially switching jobs. I may start a new job in as soon as a week. But my current employer has involved Workers Comp and recommended I file a claim for my injury.
I feel like with a little physio, I should be fine. But what if my pain comes back at my new job...have I lost all benefits from the claim at my old employer...if I leave?
The new job is double the money and will require me to be at my desk much less like my past positions. So I really want to take it. I'm just concerned that since I have been diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel, will I be stuck paying for any future treatment...or have to just use PTO if I take time off...provided I accept this new job?
I guess my main question is what sort of assistance can I get if this injury shows its ugly head again at my new job? Have I completely shut the door for any future assistance if I leave my old job?
Sorry for the long message, I just wanted to make sure I posted all details.
Thanks a lot in advance for any help you all can offer. This whole process has been really confusing.