When to go to my employer about my CTS condition?

I am a chef at a hotel in Maryland. 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. Or
should I go to my employer after I see the orthopedics?

Asked on January 23, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

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.


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