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Carpal tunnel syndrome claims

If you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome due to the nature of your job, you could be entitled to claim compensation. To discuss your potential compensation claim call us on 01616 966 229.

Carpal tunnel syndrome, also known as CTS, is a common and often chronically painful condition that affects the wrist and hand. CTS occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the palm of the hand, gets frequently pressed or squeezed in the wrist area. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by a number of things such as strain through working on a computer every day, or repetitive heavy lifting.

How to make a claim for carpal tunnel syndrome

If you have developed CTS, you could claim compensation from your current or previous employers for your pain and suffering which is likely to continue into the future. Claims can be made to assist with loss of income caused by taking time off work due to CTS, loss of future employment because of CTS and medical bills. Here at Stephensons, we have a team of dedicated, experienced solicitors who specialise in workplace illnesses and injuries. Our solicitors are highly skilled in helping people to claim compensation for CTS. Our team can help to fight your case, prove that you have carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of your occupation and prove that your employer is at fault.

If you believe you have developed CTS through a direct result of your job, it’s vital you speak to the expert solicitors at Stephensons today. Your best interests are at the heart of everything we do and as such we will always fight for the maximum amount of compensation available to ensure you get the treatment and medical help you may need to help with your recovery. It all starts with a simple conversation, so if you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome give us a call on 01616 966 229.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

CTS is caused when the carpal tunnel inside your wrist swells and puts pressure on a nerve (median nerve) in your wrist. It can be a chronically painful condition.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

  • The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
  • Aching or pain in your finger(s), hand(s) or arm(s)
  • Numbness in your hand(s)
  • Tingling or pins and needles
  • A weak thumb or difficulty gripping

As symptoms begin to worsen, there will be noticeable tingling and aching during the day. It may become difficult to perform manual tasks such as typing, gripping objects or forming a fist. In extreme, untreated cases, the muscles at the base of the thumb may waste away and there may be a complete loss of sensation. Occupations most commonly associated with carpal tunnel syndrome include computer workers, factory workers, construction workers, drivers, musicians and chefs. This is because CTS is frequently caused by repetitive hand motions.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

There are countless causes for carpal tunnel syndrome, but if it has developed due to the nature of your job, you may be within your rights to claim compensation. These causes may include using vibrating tools, typing for long periods of time, repeatedly lifting heavy objects or repeatedly bending your wrist.

Can carpal tunnel syndrome be treated?

CTS can be treated in a number of ways depending on the severity of your symptoms. Some treatments may cure the CTS or alleviate the pain. Treatments include:

  • Wearing a wrist splint to help relieve pressure on the nerve
  • Stopping or cutting down on the things that causes the bending of the wrist or gripping hard
  • Painkillers
  • Hand exercises
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery

What are my employer’s responsibilities?

Employers have a duty of care to ensure employees do not develop CTS by providing the correct training and equipment. If they fail to take the appropriate steps and you develop carpal tunnel syndrome as a result, you could be eligible for compensation.

How can I make a claim for carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you believe that you are suffering from CTS as a direct result of your job then contact us today and get your compensation claim underway.

As there are strict time limits placed on CTS compensation claims, it’s vital that you contact us as soon as possible to increase your chances of a positive outcome.

How much compensation can be claimed for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Each claim is different and therefore the amount of compensation will change on a case by case basis. There are however guidelines which cover compensation amounts for CTS injuries which are as follows:

  • CTS which recovers within a short period (of weeks or a few months) – from £1,930 - £3,090
  • CTS which resolves in the course of up to 3 years – up to £9,430
  • CTS which continues but with fluctuating and unilateral symptoms – up to £14,330
  • CTS which requires surgery and the individual has lost their employment – up to £20,280

In addition to the guideline figures above, further compensation can be awarded if you have incurred or will incur loss of earnings, travel expenses, care and assistance, medical expenses and any other expenses that you incur as a result of your diagnosis of CTS caused by your job.

How can I fund a claim for carpal tunnel syndrome?

In nearly all cases, and this is subject to our early assessment procedure, we are able to offer a conditional fee agreement (no win, no fee). There are however other means of funding, such as the existence of legal expense insurance, and we will be able to assist you in identifying at a very early stage, if this is available to you.

Claiming compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome

If you have developed CTS, you could claim compensation from your current or previous employers. This could be due to the pain and suffering CTS has caused is likely to continue into the future. Claims can be made to assist with loss of income caused by taking time off work due to CTS, loss of future employment because of CTS and medical bills. Here at Stephensons, we have a team of dedicated, experienced solicitors who specialise in workplace illnesses and injuries. Our solicitors are highly skilled in helping people to claim compensation for CTS. Our team can help to fight your case, prove that you have carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of your occupation and prove that your employer is at fault.

If you believe you have developed CTS through a direct result of your job, it’s vital you speak to the expert solicitors at Stephensons today. Your best interests are at the heart of everything we do and as such we will always fight for the maximum amount of compensation available to ensure you get the treatment and medical help you may need to help with your recovery. It all starts with a simple conversation, so if you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome give us a call on 01616 966 229.

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