Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition where the median nerve is compressed at the point it passes through a short tunnel located in the wrist. The tunnel contains the tendons that bend the fingers and thumb in the hand in addition to the median nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include tingling sensations, numbness, and pain to the hand and fingers. These symptoms are often more severe during the night. If you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome and consider it to be as a result of your working environment then you may be able to claim compensation.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur after a hand injury such as a sprain, fracture or crush injury either as a result of swelling or due to a change of shape of the bones resulting in additional pressure on the median nerve. In addition to these injuries carpal tunnel syndrome can also be caused as a result of strenuous and repetitive hand actions or exposure to vibrating tools.
Duty of care and high risk environments
Employers have a duty of care to protect and train employees against the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Working conditions or jobs that put employees at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- construction site workers
- computer work
- forestry workers
- foundry employees
- manual labourers
- production line workers
- steel fabricators
Our team of personal injury and industrial disease lawyers deal with a high number carpal tunnel syndrome compensation claims. If you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) or another similar work related injury such as cubital tunnel syndrome, vibration white finger (VWF), tennis elbow or tendonitis and consider that your injury is due to your working environment then we may be able to help you bring a claim for compensation.
Where the injury has been caused as a result of the working environment a RIDDOR report should be made to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). It is up to the employer, the self-employed or individuals in control of work premises to ensure a report is made. Members of the public, injured persons or their representatives are unable to use the RIDDOR reporting system.
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