Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Compensation Claims Information
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a result of the median nerve becoming pressed or squeezed at the wrist. It is a form of repetitive strain injury that is in the majority of cases a result of the type of work you do. When you damage your tendons or carpal tunnel your hand will often feel swollen around the area of your thumb even though there will be no visible swelling. Over the last decade carpal tunnel syndrome has become so prevalent in certain types of working environment that it is now officially recognised as an industrial disease.
Our professional team of no win, no fee solicitors have expert knowledge of injuries such as Carpal tunnel syndrome. That makes them an ideal first point of contact if you feel you have suffered injury as a result of your employers negligence or apathy. Our clients always find our solicitor team approachable and always willing to claim for cases where clients deserve compensation awards.
What causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
As highlighted above Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a form of repetitive strain injury. There are a number of things that can cause carpel tunnel syndrome however, undoubtedly the most common triggers tend to be working in an occupation that requires you to continually bend your wrist, the constant use of vibrating tools or working all day at a keyboard. Of course there are certain hobbies such as playing the guitar that can contribute to the problem, it is more often than not a work related issue.
There are a number of health and safety legislations in place aimed at safeguarding employees against the effects of carpal tunnel syndrome. These include:
- The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974;
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992;
- Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992;
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
These regulations place an onus on the employer to ensure worker safety and highlight the duty of care that employers have when it comes to their workforce. The regulations place the responsibility firmly on employers to put measures in pace that ensure working conditions are safe for all employees. Employers also have a responsibility to provide their staff with the appropriate equipment for whatever task they are undertaking along with any relevant training that is required.
What Should An Employer do to Minimise the Risk of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome?
The type of things employers are expected to do reduce the risk of work related carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Ensuring any staff that work long hours at computer stations are give the correct ergonomic equipment designed to remove strain from the wrist.
- Make sure that staff undertaking tasks involving repetitive hand or wrist movement are allowed the appropriate number of breaks.
- Make sure staff using vibrating tools are provided with the correct PPE
If you employer fails to take the appropriate measures or fails to adhere to guidelines outlined in the health and safety guidelines resulting in you contracting carpal tunnel syndrome we are here for you. Our team of no win no fee solicitors will work with you to help you get the carpal tunnel syndrome compensation you deserve. To discuss your personal circumstances or to get more information about our no win no fee personal injury legal services get in touch today.
What are The Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
CTS exhibits a number of different symptoms which are directly linked to the severity of the condition. However, there are a number of warning signs that should lead you to contact your doctor immediately for physical tests. These warning signs include tingling, numbness or intense pain on the thumb side of your hand. You may also experience false shock feeling in the thumb and nearby fingers and in the most severe cases the thumb muscles can become distorted. It is also possible that pain will radiate towards the shoulder region. What cannot be disputed is that the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome not only cause severe discomfort but also a great deal of pain to the person concerned. If you ae suffering from any of the symptoms outlined above as a result of the negligent behaviour of an employer contact our team to check your eligibility for carpal tunnel syndrome compensation without delay.
How Is Carpal Tunnel syndrome Diagnosed?
The diagnosis procedure is straightforward based on the symptoms, clinical evaluations as well as electrophysiological tests. It usually involves the doctor going through the patients work history, nocturnal symptoms, numbness, abnormal sensory tests, positive Tinel’s Sign testing, among others. It also includes testing for irritated nerves by eliciting “needles and pins” If you find yourself suffering from any of the symptoms we have listed it is important that you contact your doctor immediately. Early diagnosis may help limit the pain and discomfort you suffer and allow the condition to be corrected.
How Do I Test For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
There are several tests one can take for CTS involving examination of the arm, neck, wrist, hand and fingers. They include the following;
- Tinel’s Sign – The doctor usually taps over the median nerve on the inside of the wrist. If a resultant tingle, numbness, ‘quick shock,’ ‘pins/needles’ sensation is experienced, it suggests the possibility of carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Phalen’s Sign – Involves holding the hand up on the front, flexing the wrist and hanging them down for about a minute. If tingles or numbness is experienced within the 60 seconds, you may have suffered CTS.
- Two Point Discrimination – This is used for severe CTS suspicion cases where the doctor touches to separate fairly close places on the fingers or hand with the patient’s eyes closed. One should feel the different touches, but for those who have CTS, it may be difficult to identify the difference, and they may feel only one touch.
Can I Make a Claim for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome compensation claim lawsuits can be made by any employee who has suffered the condition while in their line of duty and who can prove personal negligence was not part of the cause. As with any type of personal injury claim it is important to gather as much evidence as possible to support your case. This can be in the form of photographs, medical reports for your doctor along with any evidence you have of the negligent behaviour on the part of your employer.
The first step is looking for a personal injury law firm or a solicitor experienced in carpal tunnel syndrome compensation. They should be able to explain how to go about filing the claim and all procedures involved. To discuss your individual case and start your claim for carpal tunnel syndrome compensation call one of our specialist personal injury solicitors today.
How Much Compensation Will I Get for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The amount of compensation you could be awarded is dependent depends on certain factors, that usually include the intensity of injury suffered, the age of the victim, correction procedures needed. The intensity of suffering and age determines the type of correction procedure needed. Some injuries may be severe causing loss of employment, others mild involving one or both hands. In severe cases surgery will be required to correct the problem, while minor cases may be rectified with simpler medication and therapy. The average compensation settlement is as follows.
Up to £2,500
If the symptoms can self-correct within three years, you may be entitled to a compensation amount of:
Up to £7,700
Up to £11,700
For bilateral CTS (involving loss of employment)
Up to £16,500
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Tylers a No-Win, No-Fee Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Solicitor?
Tylers are a No-win-no-fee solicitors and as such we require no upfront payment and will also not be paid should the claim fail to succeed. If your claim is successful our agreed fee will be deducted from the final settlement.
Why Should I Choose Tylers for My No Win, No fee Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Compensation Claim?
As one of the UKs leading personal injury solicitors we have successfully claimed carpal tunnel syndrome compensation for numerous clients. As part of our legal services, clients are kept fully informed throughout the entirety of their claim. If you feel you have contracted carpal tunnel syndrome through no fault of your own contact a member of the Tylers Solicitors now on 0800 699 0079 or 0333 577 0320. Alternatively you can email a member of the team direct on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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