Carpal tunnel syndrome compensation claims

If you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome due to the nature of your job, you could be entitled to claim compensation. For free initial advice and to discuss your potential compensation claim call us on 0203 816 0065.

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. CTS can be caused by a number of things such as strain through working on a computer every day, or repetitive heavy lifting.

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How do I know if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome usually start off gradually; the thumb, index finger and palm of the hand are typically the first areas to experience uncomfortable sensations. Common descriptions of symptoms include aching, tingling, itching, burning, swelling and numbness in the wrist, fingers and forearm. The little finger is not affected by carpal tunnel syndrome as a different nerve gives feeling to the little finger. Symptoms of CTS most commonly start at night in one or both hands, as many people sleep with flexed wrists which is where the pressure on the median nerve is most prominent.

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.

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. 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.

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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 and some free initial no obligation legal advice, so if you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome give us a call on 0203 816 0065.

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